Look for sharks from your lounge room

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, reaching lengths up to 12 metres. Image: Brad Norman

Help assist the conservation of these endangered species by recording their whereabouts.

Spot whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef without leaving your lounge room with a new virtual expedition on the Atlas of Living Australia Biodiversity Volunteer Portal. The expedition enables participants to get involved in whale shark conservation by transcribing the daily reports of spotter planes over Ningaloo Reef.

According to researchers, having these records digitised and available in an online database means scientists, conservation agencies and government departments across the country can work together to help conserve this gentle giant. Volunteers can take part in this, and other virtual expeditions, by simply logging onto the Volunteer Portal and registering their details online.

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