Basking Shark Photo ID

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Very textured skin; Slight mark (horizontal line) on top LHS near TE; White scar along LE

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Caudal fin has a notch on the upper fin and 3 distinct marks - rope burn on LHS

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    No features visible on either side; Scrape on LE near fin tip.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Scar/injury on LE 3 darker stripes on LHS notch on top third that causes the fin to dip in several nicks on TE: Fresh scar on nose

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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