Cyprus Marine Life Catalogue
Many of us have seen new species of marine life in our waters over the years and they just seem to be getting more and more as time passes. Some say these new species come with ships from the Suez Canal or other areas, some say currents are bringing them and others say this is a result of climate change. Examples of these are the trumpet fish, a fish normally found in warmer waters like the Red Sea another is the puffer fish our fisherman dread so much. The list goes on and on.
In order to understand all these different species better have started a project to catalogue all marine life in our waters. This will be a long and difficult process but with your help we can achieve so much more. How can you get involved? That is easy; if you have a camera just take it with you when you go diving. When you see a fish, take a few pictures of it and submit your find on this website. You will see the word form under the research menu this will take you to a form to submit your picture and supply some information about the picture. You will need to give us your name so that we can give due credit for the pictures taken. We will also need to know when the picture was taken and where. This will help us create a catalogue based not only on the type of marine life but also on which part of the island we can find these. Finally you will submit your pictures. You can upload up to three pictures per specimen. To reduce the loan on the server there is a maximum size limit of 2MB per picture so please try to reduce the image to that size. Also try not to reduce the pictures to much as we want a good quality picture.
So what do we take pictures of you might ask? The simplest answer would be everything. We are not looking for only fish, everything that is alive needs to be catalogues from fish to algae and everything in between. You might know the name of the species you are taking a picture of, don't worry our specialist will do that; just make sure the picture is of good quality so that we can identify the species.
On completion of the catalogue project we will publish a book with all the information collected. All participants offering pictures and information will be accredited in the book. Please note that by uploading a picture and submitting it to us for this project that you give us the rights to use that picture. Also note that not all submitted pictures will be used only the best, most clear pictures will be used for each species.
What do you get in return? Other than been accredited in the book as contributors and having your name by the pictures used all participants who submit a picture that is used will receive a special gift in appreciation of their contribution at the end of the project.