Basking Shark Photo ID

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Scrapes/marks seen along the LE near the TE on RHS and on the surface. Individual also has distinct white markings along it's back and along the mouth line and nose

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Image very dark but can make out pigmentation blotches on RHS.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    On RHS in the mid third pigmentation mark leads from the TE to the centre of the fin where there is a lamprey scar the mark then sprays out into 4 upward curving lines: Shark possibly courting.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Male; Images very dark but there don't appear to be any obvious surface features; Paler marks on snout of 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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