I've been submitting sevengill shark encounters to Ocean Sanctuaries' database for the past several years and am very pleased with how the organization has grown over time, streamlining their data acquisition software and working with scientists to bring in the latest identification technologies. As a diver who loves our sharks, I was excited for the opportunity to collectively discover more about the most mysterious ones in our own back yard. Ocean Sanctuaries founders Mike Bear and Barbara Lloyd work hard to engage the San Diego dive community and provide unique opportunities for us to collect data. More recently, I've begun contributing to their long term survey of life on the Yukon artificial reef. I'm looking forward to seeing where the data takes us!
Ocean Sanctuaries hosts really fun and educational "Bio-Blitz" events. We get to go explore tidepools and have a ton of fun doing it. My whole family came and we got to learn about new critters, helped collect data, and had a great time doing it. If you get a chance to participate in one of these events I highly recommend it.
Really great organization. I love going out to complete research with members from OS. Great work AND a lot of fun.
These folks are amazing. Actually getting citizen scientists involved and doing real work. They treat volunteers like family and clearly understand the importance of their efforts. Community involvement, education, & open source research.
Thanks for your comment, Chris. It means a lot coming from you, who have done so much to help with the plight of sharks, both locally and internationally.
Ocean Sanctuaries provides the public with a means to participate in ocean-related citizen science projects which contribute to the scientific understanding of the ocean and sharks.