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Presented by Ocean
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
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

--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 Identification Project

To identify sharks which return from year to year.
Analyze photos taken using a pattern recognition algorithm

Project locations:

  • La Jolla Cove, Coast Boulevard, La Jolla, San Diego, San Diego County, California, 92037, United States of America

Update: 4-20-16: Ocean Sanctuaries has released the Sevengill Shark Tracker App available for free download on Amazon for Android devices:

--Contribute to an ongoing citizen science study of Sevengill sharks

--Upload shark photos directly from your phone to the Sevengill Shark ID Project database from your Android

Download link:

Update: 3-17-16: Featured in special issue of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education devoted to 'science citizenship--see citation at bottom of this page.

Update: 2-15-16: This database is now accepting photographic documentation from citizen science divers in New Zealand and South Africa-- see link below for more information:

A citizen science project which allows local divers photo 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.

Two pattern recognition algorithms are used to analyze the freckling patterns of each shark to determine which animals are returning each year.

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