COLLECTING THE PICTURES
Our research team carryout photographic identification dives throughout the week. The aim is to collect identifiable quality photos of both sharks and turtles. We use underwater cameras to take the pictures, slates to record the credentials of the individuals photographed and a T-stick which is a meter long stick that is marked every 10cm to assist us in accurately measuring individuals.
As mentioned previously we are focusing on collecting identifiable pictures which for sharks is sometimes a little bit more challenging, we aim to take a picture of both sides of each shark we come across. We prioritize this area as every shark has unique markings along its body similar to freckles; these markings remain the same throughout their lifetime.