Using Citizen Science to Track Sevengill Sharks

Image: By Michael Bear | Citizen Science Project Director

How does this citizen science project work? Divers do their normal dive and if they observe a Sevengill shark and can take a photograph of the lateral view of the head and gill area without endangering their safety, they do so and then upload that photograph to the ‘Wildbook’ database at Sevengill Shark

The San Diego-based non-profit Ocean Sanctuaries was founded in 2014 to create and provide support for marine citizen science projects. The Sevengill Shark Identification Project was one of its first citizen science projects, begun in 2010 in response to anecdotal evidence that divers were seeing increasing numbers Sevengill sharks off the coast of San Diego. This made the species an ideal candidate for a long-term 5-10 year) population study.

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