Imagine that your job is to look out a small window all day, every day and count fish that swim by. Not only that, you have to identify the fish species and its size. Fortunately for bored fish counters, there’s now an AI for that.

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When it costs a chunk of change to hire an aircraft in order to spy on the oceans for the vulnerable dugong (essentially a manatee with a split tail), these researchers decide to let drones do the work for them. They send the drones to take pictures of the Australian oceans in search of dugong. But in next steps, identifying dugong in the hundreds of returned photos can be a maddening monotonous task. This is where AI does the heavy lifting and helps flag pictures with dugong for the researchers.

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