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Photo: Shark Count The Discovery Channel kicks off Shark Weekin three days, when we'll will find out if Michael Phelps is faster than a shark! Not quite up for racing a shark yourself? You can still celebrate Shark Week by getting involved in one of the many citizen science projects that study and protect sharks. Below, we've highlighted five projects we think you'll love. In some cases, you can even participate from the comfort of home. Find more projects and events on SciStarter, to do now or bookmark for later.

Cheers!

The SciStarter Team

eShark

eShark

Calling all divers and snorkelers! You have valuable information to share because you can census areas that fishers can't. Help track how shark and ray populations have changed.

Location: Global

Get started!

SharkBase

SharkBase

Even if you've never seen a shark in the wild, you can still contribute to SharkBase by submitting sightings that you see in the news or on the internet. Your observations will help track sharks' global population changes.

Location: Global. Online.

Get started!

New England Basking Shark and Ocean Sunfish Project

 Help monitor basking shark and ocean sunfish in New England waters by sending in your photos from the seas!

Location: New England, USA

Get started!

Credit_ Kelli Shaw

Sevengill Shark Identification

Scuba divers are needed to help monitor sevengill sharks as they return each year to San Diego, CA and South Africa. Share your photos which will be analyzed online, using a pattern recognition system.

Location: San Diego, CA; South Africa 

Get started!

ELMO South African Elasmobranch Monitoring

Collect data on South African sharks, skates, rays and chimaera sightings as well as their eggcases along the South African coastline. Whether you are a snorkeler, diver, swimmer, skipper, angler or a beachwalker, you can assist by reporting your sighting or reports you've seen in the news.

Location: Mozambique Republic, South Africa

Get started!


Discover more summertime citizen on the SciStarter Calendar. Needed: 1,000 skilled photographers to help create the Eclipse MegaMovie on August 21! Want 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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