The Shark Observation Network ® is administered by GEERG
Help and hints
Looking for a shark or elasmobranch?
The search engine located just below the Shark Observation Network logo is accessible on every page. Use it to look up species using English, Latin or French names. You can also search by class, sub-class, order, sub-order, family or sub-family. Keywords are added to the species index cards to allow the use of various common names (e.g. white shark, white pointer, white death, etc.).
Adding your observations
Observation reporting form
Posting an observation is simple and quick.
Unless you have already noted the information, we recommend that you report an observation on the same day or as soon as possible after the sighting while it is still fresh in your memory.
Updating an observation
Follow these simple steps to update the data of one or several observations.
Login if you haven't already done so.
Click on your name (located in the upper left part of the window) to access your personal page.
On the map, locate and click on the observation that you want to modify.
At the top of the description bubble which has just popped up, you will see an "Update" link.
Clicking on "Update" will open the update form.
The form will allow you to make modifications as well as add comments or photos.
How to use the map
Click on "Observation Map" in the top left menu will open an interactive map and a form. In the upper right corner of the map, you will notice different buttons allowing to change views between map, satellite, hybrid or terrain. Just below these buttons, there is a navigation tool that you can use to zoom in or out, pan in either direction, or reset to the initial settings.
Depending on your status (visitor or logged in), you will see different markers. A yellow dot represents an observation added by another observer while a yellow triangle represents one of your own. A red dot inside the yellow one indicates that the observation was made within the last week. A big orange dot with a “+” symbol in the middle indicates overlapping markers or observations. Placing your mouse cursor over it will reveal the number of observations within it while clicking on it will open a window containing a scrolling list of observations. Picking an observation within a group will automatically zoom you to the observation location. You can also use the “Zoom in map to reveal” link located in the popup window. The overlapping marker can be deactivated by unclicking the box located just below the observation map.
Clicking on any of the individual observations will open a popup window containing information related to the selected observation. A small camera icon within the list indicates that one or more pictures are included.
Search filters on the Observation Map page allow you to locate specific observations based on selected parameters. For example, you can conduct a search for all Greenland shark observations worldwide, or for a particular region or location, and at various depth and temperature increments. You may also locate observations that are accompanied by photos.
Results in the visible portion of the map only
Use this parameter to bring up all or selected elasmobranch observations for a specific area. Keep in mind that this feature will list a maximum of 500 observations.
Simply zoom in/out tool to define the area, then select Results in the visible portion of the map only and then click on the Apply the filter button located at the bottom of the page.
Looking for observations done within a specific timeframe
Use the Observed between search parameter, to sort observations based on the date: specific day(s), month(s) or year(s).
You can also look for daytime or nighttime observations by selecting the Period of day button.
To monitor specific species
Once you have logged in, your name will appear in the upper left corner of the page. Clicking on your name will open your personal page. At the bottom of this page, there is a map with different tabs. By selecting the Watched species tab and then selecting one or more species of interest, you will receive an email message every time an observation is added to your selected species.