Seafari A global and free app to report marine mammal sightings and access citizen science data
Alex Vogel, Vic Cockcroft and Els Vermeulen
Seafari is a free and user friendly application to report marine mammal sightings, search effort and strandings (soon to come) from anywhere in the world. Its uniqueness is found in the open and easy access to the collected data, making the app not only useful as a whale-watching app for local users to find out â€œwhat has been seen, where and whenâ€ or to keep record of their own sightings, but also as a valuable collector of citizen science data for relevant research projects. Its global use is strongly encouraged, with the aim to generate extensive data on the spatial and temporal distribution of marine mammal species. With this application, the creators anticipate that the widespread use of mobile technology can aid significantly in the data collection of marine mammals, especially of elusive species and in remote locations (e.g. offshore, remote islands, etc.).