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Photo: Kelli Shaw
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

Update: 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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