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San Diego's Newesr Non-Profit Teams Up With National Geographic

I am pleased to announce that we have set up an ocean nonprofit group focused on shark related citizen science projects called Ocean

The first project, uses a pattern recognition algorithm to identify Sevengill sharks, called 'Wildbook' which as been used successfully to identify whale sharks.

The second, and most recent project, is one in which we have been selected by National Geographic to test their newest citizen science tool, called Fieldscope, which… Continue

Added by Michael Bear on July 13, 2014 at 3:59 — No Comments

Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Michael Bear

Enter the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where citizen scientists from all over the world (without Ph.Ds or white lab coats) can enter data about their bird sightings and even discover new species.

“Collecting the observations of everyday birders for scientific use is a hallmark of the Lab. Bird watchers of all ages and skill levels help gather the data needed to capture the big picture about the distribution and abundance of birds.…


Added by Michael Bear on July 13, 2014 at 3:22 — No Comments

The Rise of Citizen Science

This is from a recent blog post by Sheldon Wilde Greaves, Founder of Citizen Science League: 

"Thousands worldwide participate in citizen science projects, from counting backyard birds to searching for extraterrestrial communication. In-person and online, this popular pastime is evolving from hobby to serious science.

Uncertain future grant funding, the growing…


Added by Michael Bear on January 19, 2013 at 0:14 — No Comments

My Interview with Underwater Photographer Marty Snyderman

Photo Credit: Marty Snyderman

Marty Snyderman is the Marine Life Editor and a long time monthly columnist for Dive Training magazine and the Senior Editor of California Diving News. He has been involved in underwater…


Added by Michael Bear on January 17, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Interview with Emily Tripp, Owner/Editor of Marine Science Today

Emily Tripp is publisher, editor and owner ofMarine Science Today, an online publication devoted to providing quality scientific information on marine biology and the oceans for the general public.…


Added by Michael Bear on November 28, 2012 at 4:03 — No Comments

San Diego Sevengill Shark Tracking Website Joins is a website devoted to tracking citizen science projects involving everything from bees to sharks to the Mars landing, or as their website says:

SciStarter will bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the…


Added by Michael Bear on August 17, 2012 at 1:09 — No Comments

PADI Dive Center in Cyprus Sponsoring Shark Fishing Tours

This should really NOT be happening..........

PADI DIVE CENTER in Larnaca, Cyprus, killing Sharks by offering Shark-Fishing Tour....

No question to boycott such facility, but even more – share this wherever you can and make it public

Nireas Marine Research from Cyprus has already started a petition against it:…


Added by Michael Bear on July 28, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Interview with 'Shadow Diver' John Chatterton Now Available Online

Photo by Howard Ehrenberg

John Chatterton’s name first came into the public consciousness as one of the main subjects of Robert Kurson’s bestselling book…


Added by Michael Bear on April 16, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

Scuba Diver Girls: The Amazing Sevengill Shark


In October of 2009, I began hearing reports of encounters between local San Diego divers and Sevengill sharks [Notorynchus cepedianus]. Having been diving locally since 2000, I thought this unusual, since this was the first I had heard of these encounters in nearly a decade. Between 2000 and 2006, almost no reports were…


Added by Michael Bear on April 5, 2012 at 22:14 — No Comments

San Diego Diver Videos Sevengill and Tope Shark

San Diego diver John Huber was able to video both a Sevengill shark (Notorynchus cepedianus) and a Tope or Soupfin  Shark (Galeorhinus galeus) the other day at La Jolla Cove.

The Sevengill shark is seen almost…


Added by Michael Bear on April 5, 2012 at 21:05 — No Comments

Get a Room! Squid Mating in La Jolla

Added by Michael Bear on December 28, 2011 at 0:31 — No Comments

Rebecca Ziegler: 'Grey Whale at Shaw's Cove in Laguna Beach'

Rebecca Ziegler, a Volunteer Diver at California Science Center who is studying Marine Science at University of Hawaii at Hilo, took this remarkable video of a Grey Whale they encountered while diving off Laguna Beach, shortly before Christmas, 2011.

--Used with Permission

Added by Michael Bear on December 28, 2011 at 0:26 — No Comments

Jan/Feb. 2012 Issue of California Diver Magazine: John Chatterton Interview

My interview with John Chatterton will appear in the Jan/Feb. 2012 issue of California Diver Magazine:

"Our January/February 2012 issue was printed yesterday (Dec. 23) and will be mailing to our…


Added by Michael Bear on December 28, 2011 at 0:00 — No Comments

Between the Pylons of Long Beach Oil Rig 'Eureka]

Added by Michael Bear on July 17, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Filming a Salp Chain Under a Long Beach Oil Rig

Added by Michael Bear on July 17, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

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