Shark & Ray

Data Collection Instructions


Please complete in as many of the sections as possible, the more information the better! However, some points are more important than others, like the species, site name, and date. Other’s, like sex and photo, is just a bonus. The “Required” sections on the form and the * before the numbers below shows the minimum information we need to include your sightings in our data.

**Don’t forget to write your dive centre’s name and website to be accredited for your submission**

** Please complete one sighting per group (if you have 4 people in a group and everyone saw a shark, only write it down once. If you have two groups diving and each group saw a shark write it down twice)**


*1. Date of your sighting (day/month/year)

*2. Species: The common species name of the shark, ray, or sun fish. To confirm your sightings check out the Reef Fish Identification book found in your dive centre. The best way to confirm the species is with an ID picture, which you can submit directly to

* 3. Confidence: how sure are you of your identification? Select from the drop down box either “Guess”, “Pretty Sure”, or “Certain”


  1. Size in meter

Sharks: total length from the nose to the tip of the tail (caudal) fin

Rays: disc width (wing span)

  1. Sex:

If possible, please record the sex of the animal. Is it male or female?

sex id

**WARNING** Sharks claspers are much larger and more obvious than rays, therefore it is much harder to identify them, but do your best!**

**If you are not certain just leave it blank.**

*6. Sighting Type: What was your activity when you saw the animal? Were you diving, snorkelling, fishing, or from shore? Select from the drop down menu.

*7. Dive Site: include the name of the dive site or the GPS coordinates if you are doing an exploratory dive. You can access the longitude and latitude from Google Maps if necessary.

  1. Conditions: What were the surface conditions at the time of sighting? Calm? Wavy? Rough?
  2. Visibility: Approximate visibility in meters. If you are unsure discuss among the group or ask your dive professional.
  3. Depth: The approximate cruising depth of the shark, ray, or mola when sighted. If you are unsure ask your dive professional or leave it blank.
  4. Guide: The name of the dive guide or instructor leading the dive
  5. Comments: Did you notice any strange behaviour? Mating, pregnant, feeding, scratching, sleeping, cleaning etc. Were there any recognizable marks on the animal? Mating scars, boat scars, missing fins, or identification features (features that do not change over time). Any other comments about the individual or the sighting.
  6. Photo #: Did you manage to take a photo of the individual? Would you like to submit it for further analysis? Please send to



Here is a list of some of our partners and sources we input all incoming data to. To find out more check out our Partners Page

  1. Indo Ocean Project database and scientific team
  2. Coral Triangle Centre (CTC)
  3. Dr Mark Bond at Florida International University
  4. SharkBase Citizen Science
  5. eShark & eOceans
  6. Manta Matcher
  7. The Wild book of Whale Sharks