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Presented By Support Our Sharks
Goal Map the distribution & structure of shark* populations
Task Submit your past, present, and future shark* encounters
Where Global, anywhere on the planet SharkBase

Effective management of sharks starts with an understanding of their population status, which will ultimately instruct their future conservation.

Through SharkBase we are building a global network of shark observers collecting vital information about the abundance and distribution of sharks and rays worldwide.

(*Includes all sharks, rays, and chimaeras)

How to Join

Please get involved and become a Citizen Shark Scientist by submitting your past, present, and future shark encounters to SharkBase. Even if you have never seen a shark in the wild, you can still contribute to SharkBase by submitting sightings that you see in the news or on the internet. For more information, watch the video and check out the links on our web site (

Project Timing This project runs all year round.
Social Media
Special Skills No special skills are required to participate
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 Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, At home
Training Materials
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags citizen science, ecology, elasmobranchs, great white, photo, rays, sharks, sighting, stingrays
Project Updated 04/21/2017