UK shark advocacy charity The Shark Trust is holding a global shark census between July 24th and 31st, 2022.
Divers around the world are being asked to record all the sharks, skates and rays that they see in that week and add them to the Shark Trust’s sightings database, the Shark Log.
Caroline Robertson-Brown from the Shark Trust said:
“The Great Shark Snapshot is a wonderful way to bring together divers from all over the world to take an active part in shark conservation.”
The information that divers collect during the week-long event will, over time, allow shark scientists to build a picture of species distribution and any changes that occur. Sharks all over the world are threatened by destructive fishing. The data collected during the Great Shark Snapshot will help scientists put effective conservation plans in place.
During the week of July 24th-31st, just record every shark, ray and skate that you, your buddy or your dive group sees. If possible, take photos and some video footage too. The Shark Trust really wants to see what species you encounter on your dives. If you need help identifying a species of shark head over to the Shark Trust website where you’ll find ID guides to help you.
Divers looking to join an existing event can go to the Great Shark Snapshot map to find dives taking place near them.
So far, dive centers, clubs and liveaboards in over 25 countries have registered to take part.
Use the hashtag #GreatSharkSnapshot and the Shark Trust will share sightings over the week.