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New England Basking Shark and Ocean Sunfish Project

Main Project Information
Presented By The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA)
Goal Help monitor basking shark and ocean sunfish in NE waters.
Task Report sightings, send photos of basking sharks & ocean sunfish
Where New England None New England None None New England, New England

The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) invites beach walkers, boaters, fishermen, and divers to report their sightings and send in their photographs of basking sharks and ocean sunfish seen in our New England waters. Your data will help scientists monitor the local populations and better understand their migration patterns.

How to Join

To report a sighting, follow this link ( fill out the form, upload your photos, and submit!

Project Timing Year-round.
Social Media
Special Skills Being able to identify a basking shark and an ocean sunfish swimming offshore or stranded on a beach.
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 Other
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity While fishing, At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, On a walk, run, On a hike
Training Materials
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags basking shark, basking shark project, basking sharks, citizen science shark, citizen science sharks, lakes, marine, marine wildlife, new england basking shark project, new england shark, new england sharks, ocean, ocean conservation, ocean sunfish, sea, shark, shark research, sharks
Project Updated 05/23/2018