A free iPhone application developed at the University of Massachusetts allows ‘citizen scientists' to photograph animals injured by the Deepwater spill, pinpoint their location and contact the Wildlife Hotline.
The Deepwater disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, according to pbs.org, is estimated to have leaked 1,470,000 gallons of oil a day since the initial explosion on April 20. The oil slick has been disastrous for marine life, killing hundreds of turtles, seabirds and dozens of dolphins, as well shutting down a large proportion of fishing grounds and damaging the coastlines of four US states
In response to the disaster a new free iPhone app has been developed to help save the local wildlife and to involve civilians in the conservation efforts. Called MoGO, the application allows you to take and submit pictures of oil covered, injured or dead wildlife. Once the picture has been uploaded the MoGO app pinpoints the location of your picture and connects you to the Wildlife Hotline so that you can report your observations; trained experts are then deployed to rescue the injured animals.
Plans are currently in development to allow users of the app, know as ‘citizen scientists' to view submissions from other users at, www.savegulfwildlife.org, and http://oilspill.labucketbrigade.org/ The application, which is available to download from the Apple store, was developed by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.