Website

May 6, 2020 | CMAST

The Spot A Shark algorithms compare spot patterns to find possible matches. It is still up to the human eye, however, to make the determination about whether we have matching spot patterns. We use two different algorithms, the Modified Groth and the I3S, to pull out potential matches. Then we do a careful comparison to make a final determination. ...

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Spot a Shark logo

May 6, 2020 | CMAST

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Small male tail

May 6, 2020 | CMAST

Sand tiger shark USA-R0128 is pictured here. He is a young male that was photographed 7 times on the wreck of the Aeolus in 2019. (Photo by Tanya Houppermans)...

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Website

May 6, 2020 | CMAST

The Spot A Shark algorithms compare spot patterns to find possible matches. It is still up to the human eye, however, to make the determination about whether we have matching spot patterns. We use two...

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Shark with small fish

May 6, 2020 | CMAST

We are fortunate to partner with talented photographers. While we can’t use this picture for spot mapping, it’s always a joy to see these amazing animals close up. There is much to learn as we continue to conduct research and work for conservation of this and other shark species. (Photo by Mike Gherkin)...

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Identifying sharks

May 5, 2020 | CMAST

Every photo submitted is viewed by me or other Spot A Shark processors. We verify the species, determine the gender if possible, and double check that the date and location are entered correctly. The next step is to manually map the spots on the side of the shark. ...

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Sand tiger shark

May 5, 2020 | CMAST

Sand tiger sharks are often photographed with other small fish species around them, like the tomtate in this photo. (Photo by Tanya Houppermans)...

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GA-Dive-Crew

May 5, 2020 | CMAST

Spot A Shark USA relies on a large network of partners and scientists. For example, the dive team from Georgia Aquarium has contributed hundreds of shark images. They added over 100 sharks to our photo library. ...

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Diver photographing shark

May 5, 2020 | CMAST

Some divers use hi-tech camera equipment to photograph sharks and other marine life. However, many divers send us pictures taken with GoPro cameras. You don’t need fancy gear or magazine quality shots to get great pictures that we can use for photo identification. (Photo by Tanya Houppermans)...

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Diver with shark

May 5, 2020 | CMAST

Divers should approach sand tiger sharks from a safe distance to photograph them from the side. Sand tiger sharks are docile and tolerant of humans, making them a popular species to dive with off our coast. The North Carolina Aquariums is excited to offer divers a chance to enhance their experience, by allowing them to connect to sand tiger sharks through Spot A Shark USA. (Photo by Mike Gherkin)...

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