This month, Sea Watch, Bangor University and Nova Innovation are launching a brand-new recording app, entitled “Sea Watcher”. This will be freely available to everyone, with both an android version and one for Apple iOS users. It can be run off smartphones or tablets.
The main aim is to help people observe cetaceans and seals, as well as basking shark, sunfish, and leatherback turtle, and to record information that will be useful to marine science and conservation. It can be used during a coastal walk, a watch from a fixed point, or from any vessel offshore.
Sightings can be viewed on a map and there will be various resources (photos, videos, fact sheets and maps) to help people identify what they’ve seen and learn more about them. In addition, there is a code of conduct for boat users, advice on photography, and details of what to do and who to contact if you find a stranded animal, either live or dead.
If you are interested in having the app, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you a link.