– from Ocean Sanctuaries, Inc.
Part of the mission of Ocean Sanctuaries will be to support ocean-related citizen science projects which are already established, such as the Sevengill Shark Sightings Org that Bear founded in 2010 to monitor and track Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) in the San Diego area, using a pair of pattern recognition algorithms to analyze the freckling patterns on the dorsal sides of Sevengill sharks. This involves using photographs taken by local divers who have been trained to recognize this species and obtain high definition photographs from various angles.
Participation in the Sevengill Shark Identification Project is open to all scuba divers carrying an underwater camera and taking good quality photos of sevengill sharks. To participate, and begin or continue your journey as a citizen scientist, report your encounter at Sevengill Shark Identification Project
To see how these algorithms, part of a software program called ‘Wildbook,’ developed by Jason Allan Holmberg, are being used to successfully ID Whale Sharks, see: www.whaleshark.org. For the scientific methodology involved in the Sevengill Shark Tracking Project, see here: http://sevengillsharksightings.org/our-methodology-introduction/