Basking Shark Photo ID

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Small scrapes on LE top third notch in caudal fin and very frayed

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    A mark can faintly be seen on the top left side also looks like a scar on the upper leading edge

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Scrapes from the tip of the fin down; Lamprey scar on TE between tip and mid thirds; LE side of RHS of fin darker in piigmentation.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Scrape on LE in mid third; Pigmentation mark that runs parallel to LE.

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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