Duplicates of encounter submissions / selective adding to a project

What Wildbook are you working in?

What is the entire URL out of the browser, exactly where the error occurred?


Can you describe what the issue is you’re experiencing?
I did a bulk import yesterday with 237 encounters, and today am seeing 430 in my encounter submission results. I assume these must be duplicates – whether I accidentally did something or it’s a bug, I’m not sure. Regardless, I don’t want to add 430 encounters to my project, only the 237 original ones, and I’m not sure how to either a) only add the 237 from my 3/21/2021 or b) delete the 193 assumed duplicates.

My encounter submission log does show 237 created yesterday (3/21/2021) and the remaining ones that I want deleted, created today (3/22/2021). I’m not sure if this helps.

As another note, the duplicates read:

NOTE: cloneWithoutAnnotations(f47c0ccd-e5b2-49a8-97a9-f83763a12eb0) → dafe5443-fee5-4660-9fce-5a8dbd93e1f0

in the metadata.

Can you provide steps on how to reproduce what you’re experiencing?
I wish I knew how this happened! After detection completed last night, the extras appeared.


This is normal when photos contain multiple individuals. If in any photo we find three fins (i.e. three Annotations of three dorsal fins), three Encounters will be created because the definition of an Encounter (one animal at a location and date) is violated, and each fin is split into a separate Encounter to reflect the fact that there are at least three individuals present.

That’s not to say that there still couldn’t be duplication, but in reviewing your photos, I would expect many more than 237 Encounters resulting from the bulk import.


This Encounter is a good example of where one photo was imported but 4 Encounters would be generated as a result.


You can click on any green bounding box in the image (i.e. any annotation) to jump to its specific Encounter.