Dive into Shark Week with SciStarter

Dive into Shark Week with SciStarter

It’s shark week! Celebrate by getting involved in one of the many citizen science projects that study and protect sharks. Find even more projects with the  SciStarter Global Project Finder.

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Photo: Lisa Schroeter
South African Elasmobranch Monitoring (ELMO) needs help to monitor small sharks and rays along the coasts of Mozambique and South Africa. Reports of eggcases on beaches and sharks in the water are both valuable.

Photo:Simon Pierce
Wildbook for Whale Sharks

To protect whale sharks, we need to be able to identify specific individuals. Volunteers can submit photographs and sighting data, and advanced software identifies the individual shark based on its markings.

Photo: Kelli Shaw
Sevengill Shark Identification Project
Divers in the San Diego area and in South Africa are needed to photograph sevengill sharks and upload the pictures, along with sighting details, to this project. With this information, we can learn what areas the sharks visit and if the same sharks return from year to year.

Photo: SharkBase.org
With this global database, you can submit any sightings of sharks worldwide. You can even report news coverage of shark sightings!

Photo: CWP
eShark & Great Fiji Shark
If you live in Fiji, or if you’re planning a visit, your help is needed for this project. Divers can report shark sightings to a large database, which will be used to inform conservation.

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Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh is science communicator and a former laboratory biologist, he has a Master’s degree in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys reading, teaching, talking and writing science. Connect with him on Twitter @suresh_arvind.