Many sharks, skates and rays reproduce by laying tough leathery eggcases, known as mermaid’s purses; these can often be washed ashore when empty. The Great Eggcase Hunt is a Shark Trust citizen science recording project aiming to discover where different species lay their eggs. To get involved, simply head to the beach, hunt for eggcases, identify your finds and report them to the Great Eggcase Hunt. The dataset can then be used by the Shark Trust to help identify important egglaying and nursery grounds.
Key features of the app include:
Tips on how to hunt for eggcases.
Advice on how best to prepare eggcases for identification.
An encyclopedia of egglaying species commonly encountered around the British Isles.
Option to download the full species ID guides.
A step-by-step identification tool for eggcases found around the British Isles.
Recording form capable of uploading multiple species finds.
GPS location can be accessed for accurate recording.
Photographs can be taken and uploaded.
User profile and logbook to keep track of finds submitted via the app.
Established in 1997, the Shark Trust is the UK registered charity working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action.