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'Crowdsourcing': Volunteers to help scientists analyze images on sea floor

'Crowdsourcing': Volunteers to help scientists analyze images on sea floor

Digital cameras make it easy to take a lot of photos – so many, in fact, that they can be difficult to sort through.

Try having more than 250,000. That is how many images researchers took of the ocean floor last summer as part of a new approach to estimating the mid-Atlantic sea scallop population. Now they are tasked with examining each photo, searching for scallops within the frame and counting exactly how many and what size.