Report a Whale Shark Sighting from the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Your assistance is needed. Every whale shark sighting reported brings us a step closer to understanding when and where these sharks appear in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Photographs

Photographs of whale sharks sighted in the Gulf are very valuable to researchers. The spot pattern on individual whale sharks is distinctive and can be used to identify specific animals. Scientists use the pattern in the area shown below as a standard. If possible, please shoot photos of the whale sharks you encounter, and closeups of the area between the gills and dorsal fin on the left side of the shark.

Whale Shark Photo Identification - best photo target, left side behind gills