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Photo: Kelli Shaw
Presented by Ocean Sanctuaries.org
Participation fee $0
Expenses $20
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no

Required Gear:

--Be a certified SCUBA Diver

--Basic SCUBA gear

--Basic knowledge of the identifying characteristics of the Sevengill shark, ie: seven gill slits, pushed back dorsal fin and long, thresher shark-like caudal fin

--Underwater still or video camera to document encounter--not mandatory

--Safety first, please: NEVER touch a shark or jeopardize your safety to collect data.

Sevengill Shark Tracking in San Diego

Use pattern recognition in photos to learn which sharks return.
Upload and identify photos of sevengill shark sightings.

A citizen science project which allows local divers to log and document encounters with Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus). The Sevengill Shark Sightings is a portal through which data is entered into the 'Wildbook' pattern recognition algorithm program.

Photos will be used to add to the pattern recognition algorithm to analyse the freckling patterns of each shark to determine which animals are returning each year.

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