Citizen Science

Citizen Science Projects

Our dive sites give us access to some of the most diverse and species rich sites on the Great Southern Reef. In acknowledgement of this, Dive Jervis Bay is associated with a range of citizen science projects that we encourage all of our divers to be involved with.

Turtle Tracker

With your photos and videos, we can identify and track the Green Turtles in Jervis Bay

SeaDragon Search

Using individual spot recognition, your photos can contribute to a Weedy Sea Dragon database.

Sea Slug Census

Originally focused within Australia, but now with a global reach, join in on one of our Sea Slug Census surveys.

Project Seahorse

Use your photos and records to assist with seahorse conservation.

Turtle Tracker - Jervis Bay

Turtle Tracker is a citizen science project initiated by Dive Jervis Bay that invites locals and visitors of Jervis Bay to share sightings of marine turtle species. By collecting and analysing photos and videos, we will hopefully learn a lot more about the turtles that visit the bay.

Since its establishment, it has since partnered with the Internet of Turtles , a global database that records turtle encounters and uses multiple computer assisted algorithms and machine learning to look for the individual in it's database. It's like facial recognition software for animals.

Report an Encounter

Visit our Facebook Page to report an encounter, and have your image or video submitted to the Internet of Turtles database.

Submit Encounter

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SeaDragon Search

Dive Jervis Bay has partnered with a well established citizen science project - SeaDragon Search - that aims to enhance our understanding of Weedy Sea Dragons through community involvement. Weedy Seadragons are a sought out species by many divers, and offer a fantastic photo opportunity. However these images can be used by artificial intelligence to learn more about seadragon populations around Australia.

Report an Encounter

You can either send your images to us for submission, or create your own profile and submit your encounters directly to the database.

Email us

Submit to SeaDragon Search

Sea Slug Census

The Sea Slug Census is a citizen science program where volunteers photographically record observations of sea slugs during nominated events.

Originating in Nelson Bay, NSW, in December 2013, over 40 census events have now occurred across the east coast of Australia, as well as international locations. The observations have led to much improved distributional data for sea slugs, the discovery of new species, and increasing evidence of poleward range extension.

The founding partners are: Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre, Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park, and the Combined Hunter Underwater Group.

Our Involvement

Check out our previous census results, or keep an eye on our events calendar for upcoming census dates.

2021 Census Results


Project Seahorse

Project Seahorse is an award-winning team that has made measurable gains in marine conservation around the world. With many facets to their organisation, iSeahorse harnesses citizen engagement with identification software in order to inform seahorse science and conservation on a global level.

At Jervis Bay, we have not only the Pot-bellied Seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis), but a wide variety of pipefish, which can all be recorded in the database.

Report an Encounter

All you have to do is take a photo! Then send the photos and some extra details to us, or submit them directly to iSeahorse.

Email us


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