As top predators, sharks are one of the most important species in the coral reef ecosystem. Top predators in any ecosystem control the abundance of animals in lower ‘trophic levels,’ and are thus known as a ‘Keystone Species.’ Although sharks evolved as much as 450 million years ago, they are currently threatened with extinction due to over-fishing and habitat destruction. In order to gather more scientific data on Thailand’s shark populations, Shark Guardian has launched the largest citizen-scientist project ever.
Any diver or snorkeler can contribute to this great cause following the following steps:
- Step 1: Dive, snorkel and explore the reefs of Thailand
- Step 2: Report your shark observations to the eShark database, even if no sharks were observed!
- Step 3: If possible, report all your past Thailand dive logs into the eShark database including your shark observations
PLEASE NOTE: No shark sightings is also very important to record!
This data will then be used to compare with data from previous years and help to raise awareness and influence policy changes that can help to protect the remaining populations of sharks in the region. Please help to support this project by logging your dive at their website today. Remember that logging dives where you didn’t see sharks is just as important as logging the ones when you did.
Seen a leopard shark? Click here for more information on recording leopard shark sightings.