Become a citizen scientist today
and help save sharks!
What is ELMO?
ELMO is a citizen science project collecting data on your sightings of 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.
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
take a photo
note the date
note the location
How to submit your sighting
Use our new app to easily upload your shark, ray and eggcase sightings! There are three simple things you need for your submission:
Download our app now:
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.
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