Basking Shark Photo ID

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Tip of fin is flat/missing - possibly bent over to the left but no image of LHS

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Image too dark to make out surface features

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Tip of dorsal fin seems to be darker than the rest of the fin; Notch and nick along TE.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Better images in sightings MWT 2010 / 230710_1540_038S MWT 2010 / 010810_1630_038S

This community database has been created as a collaboration between a number of associated conservation projects, with the aim of efficiently storing Basking Shark dorsal fin images for use in photo-identification. Each organisation can upload sightings and images to the database, enabling us to compare images, which in turn will determine whether the same sharks are being seen in multiple locations (such as in Cornwall and the Isle of Man) or whether there are different sharks being sighted at each location.

Photo-ID is a non-invasive field technique that enables us to study sharks in their natural environment. It aids researchers in understanding life histories and shark movements as well as helping to provide us with an estimate of population size.

Basking Shark Photo ID allows you to search or browse your way to finding commonly seen basking sharks.

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