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Goal Documenting ocean conditions and provide the data freely
Task Submit sightings of jellyfish and other organismto the database.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Have you seen a jellyfish on the beach? Report it to Jellywatch -- a global public database documenting ocean conditions. We are especially interested in jellyfish washing up, but we also track red tides, squid and mammal strandings, and other indicators of ocean health.

All the data and images that are submitted are freely and instantly available for bulk download, so students, teachers, and scientists can conduct their own research using information gathered from around the globe.

How to Join

To get started, just visit the and click "Submit a Sighting". Find your location on the map and describe what you saw. If you have a photo, upload it to help us identify your sighting.

For people who go on regular beach walks, boat trips, or scuba dives, you can create an account that will save your default location. From you, we can use reports of both usual (clean seas) and unusual (jellyfish!) events.

If you don't have any observations of your own, you can explore the sightings to take a virtual tour of what is going on around the underwater world.

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags jellyfish, ocean
Project Updated 08/03/2017