Welcome to SharkPulse
A database of wild shark sighting photos from all over the world
Have you seen a wild shark?
Submit your pictures here!
SharkPulse is a smartphone application developed to involve citizen scientists in monitoring global wild shark populations. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play store and allows users to report shark sightings to The Shark Baseline Project. We are also interested in any previous shark sighting photos or videos you may have!
SharkPulse’s vision is to build a worldwide observer network where everyone can contribute in taking the pulse of the global wild shark population. Over a billion smartphones are currently in use around the world and they can be seen as electrodes of a pulse-monitoring machine capable of constantly taking wild shark pictures and communicating the GPS location to our database.
Here is how YOU can participate!
Whale Watchers Have you had an amazing whale watching trip and been lucky enough to see a shark? Share your pictures with us by using the SharkPulse mobile app, via our website, or on our social media pages!*
Scientists When you see a shark during fieldwork out at sea, just snap a photo and upload it to our database with the SharkPulse mobile app, via our website, or on our social media pages!*
If you are a shark scientist and want to assist us in validating the identity of shark sightings, please contact sharkbaselines [at] gmail [dot] com (substitute @ for [at] and . for [dot]).
Divers Do you have pictures of sharks taken with your underwater camera? Share your pictures with us by using the SharkPulse mobile app, via our website, or on our social media pages!*
Anybody Are you a surfer, sailor, beachgoer, or fisherman? When along the coast or out at sea snap a photo of any shark you encounter. Share your pictures with us by using the SharkPulse mobile app, via our website, or on our social media pages!* Our shark scientists will verify and store your valuable sighting in our database.
*You can also submit your pictures via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Panoramio, and other social media. To use your favorite social media sites to submit photos, please use the hashtag #sharkPulse so we can retrieve the information from the web. If you prefer to email your photos to us, please send them to: sharkbaselines [at] gmail [dot] com (substitute @ for [at] and . for [dot]).
COLLABORATION WITH OTHER SHARK MONITORING PROGRAMS
SharkPulse does not intend to duplicate ongoing monitoring programs. It rather aspires to contribute to their effort by making sure a real-time monitoring process will be available to shark research. For example, through a collaboration with the MEDLEM program, SharkPulse is directing all sightings coming from the Mediterranean Sea to this monitoring program of Mediterranean sharks and rays. Shark monitoring projects can request direct access to the data and can also contribute to the data validation process (e.g. identifying the species in recently received photos).