Shark Week: A Feeding Frenzy for Citizen Scientists

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This digest of SciStarter Weekly Featured Projects was curated by Jenna Lang.

That’s right–it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. It’s Shark Week, and SciStarter has a slew of projects for you to try out. Let’s see if you bite. Due to fascination or fear, the sight of a shark makes our hearts skip a beat. Thanks to these featured citizen science projects, that sight can also contribute to shark conservation!

Screen shot 2013-08-05 at 12.38.53 PMShark Count

Increasing protection for sharks requires information about local populations. Provide data about sharks you see while diving or snorkeling.  Get started!

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Sevengill Shark Sightings

The Shark Observation Network invites Southern California divers to report and submit sightings of Sevengill Sharks, a species whose numbers are seemingly on the rise in the waters off San Diego.

Get started!

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The Great Eggcase Hunt from Shark Trust
Hunt for empty eggcases that have been washed ashore to help researchers locate potential shark and ray nurseries. This generates important data for researchers and conservationists working with sharks, skates and rays around the world. Get started

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New England Basking Shark Project

The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance invites boaters, fishermen, and divers to report and share sightings of basking sharks to help scientists monitor the local population and better understand their migration patterns. Get started!

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ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo-identification

Upload your own shark photos or identify sharks in existing photos using this visual database of whale sharks!  Get started!


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