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Citizen Science for Shark Conservation

Harnessing the Power of Partnership: Making a Difference in Shark Conservation with Sharkbook


Collaborating with Sharkbook to support shark conservation in North Oriental Mindoro

Step into the intriguing domain of shark research and make a significant contribution. By aiding in the capture of shark images and details, you’re playing a part in a worldwide initiative that employs state-of-the-art computer vision software. Discover how your photographs assist in identifying individual sharks, monitoring populations, and safeguarding these astonishing creatures.

Where do they go? We need you!


What is Sharkbook?

Sharkbook is a revolutionary project that merges technology, citizen science, and conservation research to conserve shark populations. It tackles the difficulties encountered in comprehending shark populations and tracking their long-term trends.

Traditional techniques of identifying sharks present certain limitations, and there is a demand for a global data repository on their habitats — We are thrilled to partner with Sharkbook in North Oriental Mindoro, working together to gather data and contribute to this crucial initiative.

Thresher Sharks

In addition to focusing on all shark species, we are currently working on establishing a new database specifically for rare and endangered Thresher sharks. We require a comprehensive data set to train our algorithm to recognise Thresher sharks effectively.


How does Sharkbook work?

Sharkbook employs a computer-assisted photo identification system created by that can promptly identify individual sharks.

Some of the potent algorithms analysing these photographs are known creatively as PIE, CURVRANK & FINFINDR. They examine the textures in an image to identify unique patterning, and analyse curvatures and edges to fins and tails. The software then contrasts those against other images in the database to generate a match or create a new record.

Sharkbook fuses data analytics and individual animal tracking to offer valuable insights into demographics, species distributions, individual interactions, and movement patterns.

The system’s success heavily relies on contributions from citizen scientists like you.

Key tips for photographing sharks

  • When photographing a shark, safety is paramount. Always maintain a safe distance and avoid obstructing the shark’s path or negatively influencing its behaviour.
  • Keep an eye out for unique body markings such as scarring, distinct outlines, or damage to the trailing edges of dorsal fins and tails.
  • Aim to photograph the shark from the side to capture its profile from nose to tail and the curvature of its dorsal fins and tail. While clear side profiles are optimal, angled or slightly blurry images can still be beneficial.
  • Although high resolution isn’t necessary, it can be advantageous.
  • Remember to collect as much supplementary data as possible, including the date and location of the sighting, as it greatly assists in tracking individuals and populations.

Why Sharkbook is important?

Sharkbook serves a crucial role in shark conservation initiatives. By assisting us in data collection and sharing for sharks in North Oriental Mindoro, you contribute to the global comprehension of shark populations and steer conservation projects.

Our partnership with Sharkbook aids in bridging the divide between science, conservation, and tourism. Collectively, we can actively partake in the preservation of sharks and their habitats.


How you can assist us in data collection for Sharkbook

If you’re enthusiastic about marine conservation and aspire to make a tangible impact on the protection of these amazing creatures, you can help us gather valuable data for Sharkbook. Here’s how you can contribute:

1. Capture and report shark sightings

Whenever you come across a shark, take clear photos of its side profiles. Submit these photographs here, along with additional information about the date, location, and any other pertinent details you managed to gather, simply follow the prompts in the submission form.

2. Spread the word about the work we're doing

Share details about our collaboration with Sharkbook in North Oriental Mindoro. Urge fellow travellers to participate in data collection efforts. By raising awareness, we can extend the reach of our partnership and create a larger impact on the conservation of sharks.

3. Learn more about sharks

Educate yourself about the different shark species, their behaviours, and their habitats. The more knowledge you gain, the better equipped you’ll be to contribute significantly to our data collection efforts as part of our alliance with Sharkbook.

Through our collaboration with Sharkbook, and your citizen science contributions, we can effect substantial change in shark conservation. By helping us collect data, you actively participate in the global effort to protect these exceptional creatures for future generations. Join us in this thrilling journey of discovery and conservation. Your actions can help ensure a brighter future for sharks and our planet.


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