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Become a citizen scientist today!

What is ELMO?

ELMO is a citizen science project using public participation to gather data on South African shark, ray and skate populations.

These animals are collectively known as elasmobranchs. 

Whether you are a snorkeler, diver, swimmer, skipper, angler or a beachwalker, you can assist by reporting your sighting or find to ELMO.

With your support our database can grow and help scientists, politicians and stakeholders to make informed decisions about the conservation of our elasmobranch populations.

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What data do we collect?

We collect two types of data from the public along the South African coastline:

 

                               

                                                    elasmobranch animal sightings                elasmobranch eggcase finds

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take a photo

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note the date

3.

note the location

How to submit your sighting

 

If you spot an elasmobranch or find an eggcase, you need to record three simple things:

                                  

Then you submit this information by filling in our simple online submission form or sending us a WhatsApp message:

 

 

                                                                        submission form                    076 897 5474

Educational material

 

ELMO also provides free educational material.

If you would like to try ID the species of the eggcase you found, you can use our ID guide

We also have a list of the species that occurs on our coast, 

a fun guide to the elasmobranch lifecycle,

colouring in materials for children, and more!

Stay in touch!

 

We send out biannual newsletters to keep you up-to-date with what is happening at ELMO!

These include the latest statistics of your submissions, any events we have coming up,

news we have to share, and so much more.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Thanks for submitting!

Stats

97
observers

78
species

6234
eggcases

25650
animals

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*Only top 20 species shown