This group discussion is for members only.
Have you ever spotted a shark? Did you capture it on camera? (From a safe distance and location, of course!)
JOIN OUR GROUP to share shark photos with other NOAA Shark Spotters.
Silently patrolling the ocean depths for the last 400 million years, sharks are some of the oldest creatures on the planet … and some of the most elusive. They are a valuable part of the marine ecosystem, and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service is committed to conserving shark populations for future generations.
As top predators, NOAA scientists use sharks as indicators of the ocean’s health. Some sharks are “pelagic,” which means they live in the open ocean and are highly migratory; they swim long distances, moving in and out of waters around the world.
You could say that sharks are old souls. They often live long lives — they take many years to mature and have only a few young at a time. That makes them vulnerable to overfishing, and recovery can take years or decades for many shark species.
NOAA Fisheries conducts research, implements restrictions, and works with domestic fishermen and international groups to ensure sharks stay healthy and overfished populations rebound.
LOVE SHARKS AS MUCH AS WE DO? SHARE YOUR BEST PHOTOS!
Once you join the group, you can upload your photos to the NOAA Shark Spotters group photo feed. Please include date taken and location, and consider marking some for the Creative Commons. (**And please remember: Keep a safe distance between you and any marine life, especially sharks -- Be sure that you avoid any action that might inadvertently harass or agitate sharks you spot.)
NOAA staff will identify some of the most compelling submissions, and if those photos are licensed through Creative Commons for re-use, we just might feature them on the NOAA and NOAA Fisheries websites and on our related social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter.
LET US FEED YOUR SHARK ADDICTION
Check out our collection of great shark images at swfsc.noaa.gov/ImageGallery/Default.aspx?aid=41 and www.fisheries.noaa.gov/gallery/images/category/shark_week..., plus get more cool shark facts at www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/sharks.html#rs.
You can learn more about NOAA Fisheries at www.fisheries.noaa.gov and www.noaa.gov. **Plus, check out our Instagram feeds at www.instagram.com/noaa and www.instagram.com/noaafisheries!
We welcome your comments to our photos and expect that our conversations here will be courteous. Please remember that you are fully responsible for the content of your comments. NOAA does not discriminate against any views, however we do reserve the right to delete comments that violate our comment guidelines.
Group Rules*Please be respectful of others and keep your photos on topic with some stunning shark images.
*Do not abuse the privilege of participating in our public, family-friendly groups -- spotters who do risk being blocked from the group.
Great! Now start taking and sharing some amazing pictures!
- Members can post 15 things to the pool each day.
- Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
- Accepted safety levels: Safe