Basking Shark Photo ID

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Small nick on the tip of the fin

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Image very dark so can't see features; Notch in TE.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Tip is folded over towards the RHS several small nicks along TE LHS has rope burn down the centre pale pigmentation near the LE and copepod and copepod welts on TE of mid/bottom thirds white scars on nose

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Rope burn at tip of LE; Circular mark on top LHS near TE

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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