Five Fin-tastic projects for Shark Week

The Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week is July 28-August 4. Help scientists learn more about sharks through the projects we’ve tagged for you, below. This year, you can also help provide healthy ocean homes for sharks by joining the world’s largest volunteer effort for oceans: the International Coastal Cleanup.
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Ever see a “mermaid’s purse” while walking on the beach? These are the egg cases of sharks or skates, and they help scientists learn about species distribution. Report when and where you see them!

Location: Global

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Do you SCUBA dive? If so, share information about your diving experiences to help researchers learn how shark and ray populations have changed over time.

Location: North and South America

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Share your sightings of basking sharks and ocean sunfish to help monitor migration patterns.

Location: New England, USA

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This one is for everyone! Join a global network of shark observers collecting vital information about sharks, chimaeras, and rays worldwide. Report sharks you see in-person or in the news.

Location: Global

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Patterns on whale sharks are used for long-term, mark-recapture analysis to understand and protect them. Share your whale shark photos and remember to remain at least 10 feet away from the shark when photographing them.

Location: Global

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No matter where you are, you can sign up for Ocean Sanctuaries’ Marine Citizen Science Certification course online to learn more about sharks and citizen science.

Location: Global

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Learn more about SciStarter Education–a district-level ed tech platform designed by and for educators–and discover how you can bring it to your district. View webinar.

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The Citizen Science Podcast features conversations between volunteers and the scientists they help. Contact us to share your experiences on the podcast.

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Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

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Lea Shell is the Digital Learning Specialist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. With a background in entomology and education, she has spent the past five years working in the world of citizen science, public engagement and science communication at North Carolina State University to help bring citizen science to the classroom.