About us

We are a team of enthusiasts with curiosity about the development of scientific software.

Our team is comprised by Software and Qualiy Assurance Engineers with Bachelor degrees and Masters in technology-related fields and PhDs in Science.

Our Journey began in 2001, when we started planing the first version of Finshape for Desktop, which was a product of Eduardo Morteo's Master in Sciences Thesis ("Morteo E., Rocha-Olivares A., Morteo R., Weller D.w. 2017. Phenotypic variation in dorsal fin morphology of coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off Mexico"), and was released in 2003 by Rodrigo Morteo using Borland C++ Builder ™ over Windows XP ™ with MS-Access™ as data repository.

Due to changes in the innerworkings of the subsequent versions of the Microsoft ® operating systems, but also due to the attention the software was getting from the scientific community, we decided to migrate it to a Web Application (with all that it entailed) starting on September 2017.

From the beginning, FinShape has been a self-sponsored project and its evolution has been slow, mainly due to time availability of the development team and certain technological constrains (which thankfully have been alleviated during the past few years with advancements in web standards, new and powerful frontend frameworks, and the release of opensource alternatives for key components).

After little more than 3 years, and a with over 275 source code commits, we are proud to release the web version of FinShape to a larger audience in the hope that it keeps helping researchers all over the world and we only ask for two things:

  • The proper reference to our work
  • That you consider supporting the endurance of the project with a donation
Contribution Options

We are compromised to continue doing our best to maintain and enhance the features of this software (bug fixing, updating, patching and upgrades) and the underlyting infrastructure (hosting, managing, upgrading and patching) as long as we can with our own resources and the contributions of our user's community (see the Terms and Conditions).

If you need support or want to report a bug, please go to the User Guide or contact us for more information.

If you have any questions, or comments, please send us an email to finshape [at] morteo [dot] mx.

Thank you and enjoy.

Rodrigo Morteo

This work has been cited on:

Félix, F., Van Waerebeek, K., Sanino, G.P., Castro, C., Van Bressem, M.F., Santillán, L. 2017. Morphological variation in dorsal fins among common bottlenose dolphin populations in the Southeast Pacific Ocean. International Whaling Commission, SC/67A/SM/02. 1-10
Alves, F., Towers, J.R., Baird, R.W., Bearzi, G., Bonizzoni, S., Ferreira, R., Halicka, Z., Alessandrini, A., Kopelman, A.H., Yzoard, C., Rasmussen, M. H., Bertulli, C.G., Jourdain E., Gullan, A., Rocha, D., Hupman, K., Mrusczok, M.T., Samarra, F.I.P., Magalhaes S., Weir, C.R., Ford, J.K.B. and Dinis, A. 2017. The incidence of bent dorsal fins in free-ranging cetaceans. Journal of Anatomy. doi:10.111/joa.12729
Félix, Van Waerebeek, Sanino, Castro, Van Bressem, Santillán. 2018.Variation in dorsal fin morphology in common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus (Cetacea: Delphinidae) populations from the southeast Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science, 72(3):307–320
van Aswegen, M. 2017. Feasibility and applications of non-invasive laser photogrammetry on free-ranging coastal dolphins. Honours BSc Thesis, Murdoch University. Western Australia. 101 pp. Murdoch University
Yahn, S. N., Baird, R. W., Mahaffy, S. D. and Webster, D. L. 2019. How to tell them apart? Discriminating tropical blackfish species using fin and body measurements from photographs taken at sea. Mar Mam Sci. doi:10.1111/mms.12584
Simões-Lopes, B.C., Daura-Jorge, F.G., Lodi, L., Bezamat, C., Costa A.P.B, Wedekin L.L. (2019) Bottlenose dolphin ecotypes of the western South Atlantic: the puzzle of habitats, coloration patterns and dorsal fin shapes. Aquatic Biology 28:101-111. doi: 10.3354/ab00712
Guevara-Chumacero, L.M., Rubio-Gutiérrez, I.C., Gordillo Méndez, A.C. 2019. Synthesis and perspectives of bibliographic information on Tapirella bairdii in Mexico. Therya 10(3):395-408.