Basking Shark Photo ID

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Crenulated TE with small notch between mid and lower third: Small notch on tip of caudal

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Fin tip is bent over towards the RHS; LE is odd shape as slightly roman bump near base; Dark pigmentation line from the centre of LE towards the middle of the fin.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Very distinctive fin - large chunk (possible bite mark) taken out of the fin removing the tip completely. Looks like it has healed over well with only a small amount of scarring still visible.

  • Basking Shark Sighting

    Scarring over tip of fin

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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