Basking Shark Photo ID

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Very grainy image but appears to be some darker pigmentation patches on RHS.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Scrapes all along the LE of the fin and along the tip.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Apex of fin is missing; TE very frayed and nicked; Many scrapes along LE of fin and on RHS; Snout of shark very scraped.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Faint rope burn in top third round lump on LHS of fin near TE; caudal fin looks the same as Shark_160_0811 but cannot see the round lump on that shark

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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