Submit your shark November 11, 2007
Huge, docile and beautiful the whale shark live in oceans across the globe, but no one knows where they breed, what their migration routes are or even how many there are.
Now here is where you come into it. Researchers at www.whaleshark.org are trying to fill in the gaps in this knowledge by cataloging photographs taken by both experts and amateurs alike. The Ecocean Whale Shark Photo-identification Library has collected thousands of images already but need more.
To date they have identified around 830 sharks.
Ecocean adds your photos of whale sharks to its library and tells you if there is a match. By documenting scars on the head, fins and body can help identify sharks seen already and cataloged before.
They suggest you take the photo from the sharks left, perpenducular to the patterned area above the left pactoral fin.
Al - Zoozoo2 (source National Geographic article Nov 07 by Helen Fields)