Watch out for Walruses from Space

The ‘Walrus from Space’ project needs your help to search for animals in satellite images.

The World Wildlife Fund and British Antarctic Survey hope for half a million people worldwide to join their new project that aims to track the effects of global warming on the animals and provide scientists with a better picture of how many are left in the wild.

Little is known about how many walruses – an important species in the Arctic ecosystem – exist along a remote and largely inaccessible 25,000sq km stretch of Arctic coastline.

To count the animals, the researchers are calling on members of the public to help scour thousands of satellite images taken from space.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help search for walrus in the thousands of images that will be gathered by satellites over five years.

All you need is access to a computer or tablet and an internet connection to take part.

The minimum recommended age for participating in the activity without adult supervision is 10 years old. All participants under the age of 13 must have parental consent to use the platform.

Create an account and then take a short tutorial on how to be a walrus detective. You will be able to test your walrus identifying skills and then get searching through the satellite imagery.

Look out for some achievement milestones along the way!

Simply click here to find out more and to register to take part.