Spot the Leopard Shark: Thailand

Spot the leopard shark: Thailand is a community-based monitoring program. Leopard sharks are a threatened species.  The marine reserves of Thailand are an important habitat for them! 

Each leopard shark has a unique pattern that is used to identify it.  Divers take photographs of leopard sharks and send them to us. These photos become important data that we can use to understand more about leopard sharks. 

IF YOU IDENTIFY A NEW SHARK - YOU GET TO NAME IT!!


Leopard sharks Stegostoma fasciatum are an important species in the ecotourism diving industry of Thailand.  This species has a global IUCN conservation listing of Vulnerable to Extinction due to high fishing pressure throughout Asia and the marine reserves in Thailand appear to be important habitat for them and support some of the healthiest populations in Asia.  However, little is known about wild leopard sharks in Thailand.





 
 

            
Want to contribute? 
Its easy!  Learn how to take photos for identification here. Upload your photos to our Facebook page or email your photos.    

Contributing photos will help scientists understand more about leopard sharks:
  •  how many individuals are there in this area?
  •  how far do they travel?
  •  how long do they live?
  •  do marine reserves support greater numbers? 
     By helping scientists, your photos can help
    with  the conservation of this amazing shark!


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