At our organization, One Ocean, we prioritize non-invasive research methods to study individual sharks. We use photo-identification techniques to identify unique features, such as scars and markings, on the top, left, and right side of the shark. This enables us to recognize and track individual sharks over time without harmful tagging. Our photo identification program has documented over 200 sharks of different species, allowing us to compare their behaviors and movements.
We love introducing our guests to the personalities of our semi-residential pelagic community and offer the opportunity to adopt one of the sharks surveyed by our program. Guests can also name a shark they encounter on their dive or worldwide by submitting photos of its distinguishing features. If the shark is not yet identified in our catalog, the participant will be honored to name it. Guests can stay connected with their adopted shark through social media and updates on our website.
To support our research and conservation efforts, guests can obtain an adoption certificate with a photo of the named shark. This helps us record the shark in our daily field data set whenever we spot it. We invite you to join us in our commitment to the safety and conservation of these magnificent creatures.
Ways you can help and get involved:
There are two ways you can contribute to our shark identification database. The first way is by emailing us photos of sharks sighted off Hawaiian waters at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Shark ID". Please provide us with as much information as possible, such as the time and place of sighting, size, location, markings, and gender. Your contributions will help us expand our database and further our research.
The second way to support our shark research is by adopting a shark through the button provided below or above. One of our professional photographers will accompany a shark biologist to document and record a shark that is not yet in our program. We will send you the images, and you will have the honor of naming the shark. Once you have chosen a name, we will post it on our official record on @OneoceanSharks and send you an adoption certificate, supporter certificate, and conservation gifts.
Thank you for supporting our shark research. We appreciate your contributions to our mission to conserve and protect these amazing creatures. Aloha from the One Ocean Research and Conservation team.
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