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Updated 05/27/2016
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Sevengill Shark Identification Project


To identify Sevengill 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: 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 South Africa-- see link below for more information:

http://www.aquarium.co.za/blog/entry/citizen-science-global-sevengill-shark-identification-project

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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