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Wildbook for Whale Sharks

Main Project Information
Presented By 501c3 non-profit Wild Me
Goal Track whale sharks globally in their migrations.
Task Submit whale shark photos from tourism and research.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet Wildbook for Whale Sharks
Description

The Wildbook for Whale Sharks citizen science program allows any member of the community to be involved in collecting important identification data on whale sharks. Citizen scientists across the world can take a photo of the spot patterns on the skin of a whale shark and enter the photo into this Wildbook. Wild Me (http://www.wildme.org) and the global whale shark research community will then use this photo as a way to identify the whale shark, determine their movements and if they have been seen in the same area before.

Wildbook for Whale Sharks is available for people to access around the world, so any shark sighting can be reported into the Library as an encounter. We have actively set up partnerships for this citizen science program in Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, Maldives, Galapagos, Belize, Honduras and Philippines, with many other countries interested in being involved. The Library currently holds over 50,000 photos and has received submissions from 4800+ people and 100+ researchers who have photographed whale sharks in 46 different countries.

Our citizen science project provides huge potential to increase the interest in science and conservation among community members using the unique combination of a flagship species (whale sharks) and the latest technology (the on-line data collection system used within Wildbook). It also provides the opportunity and skills for community to be involved in the natural resource management of their local area. Wild Me believes that the combination of awareness raising and capacity building among our community and, in particular, youth is a vital part of our marine environment’s future.

How to Join

You too can assist with whale shark research and become a ‘citizen scientist’ – by submitting photos and sighting information. The information you submit will be used in mark-recapture studies to help with the global conservation of this threatened species.

Project Timing Year round.
Website http://www.whaleshark.org
Social Media
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Other
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 citizen science shark, citizen science sharks, ecology, in oceans, lakes, marine, marine. ocean. sea, ocean, ocean conservation, ocean & water, photo, photographs, photography, photos, rivers, shark, shark research, sharks, streams, whale sharks
Project Updated 08/07/2016