Become a citizen scientist today!
ELMO is a citizen science project, which serves as an interactive database to help monitor Southern African shark, skate and ray (Elasmobranchii) populations through public participation. ELMO also provides free educational material.
We collect data on Elasmobranch sightings as well as their eggcases along the South African coastline. Whether you are a snorkeler, diver, swimmer, skipper, angler or a beachwalker, you can assist by reporting your sighting or find to ELMO. You don't even need to have access to the ocean to take part in our project - you can report encounters that you have seen on the internet, the news or old pictures.
With your support our database can grow and help scientists, politicians and stakeholders to make informed decisions about the protection of our Elasmobranch populations. We follow an open data-sharing approach and encourage any interested individual or party to use the data for their projects. Please contact us if you would like to receive the data sheet for your project or if you think you or your organisation could contribute significantly to ELMO.
All information we receive is illustrated in an interactive map that can be used to explore our Elasmobranch populations from your screen at home.
Use our ID guide to identify your eggcase and our online submission form to report it to us.
To identify a shark, ray or skate we recommend using the Biodiversity explorer.
Watch this video to learn more about the ELMO project: