The Whale Shark Conservation Project Launches

The Whale Shark Conservation Project Launches

Posted by Michael Starbuck on 6th Jun 2014

This week we have all been really excited here in the office to launch the 'Whale Shark Research Project' – a once in a lifetime experience where volunteers will get to help out in vital whale shark conservation work with the world's largest fish – the spectacular whale shark! This is an incredible new addition to our roster here at The Great Projects, and we're thrilled to be able to offer it!

After all, how many people can say that they have managed to swim alongside the world's largest fish – the magnificent whale shark?

Of course, volunteers here will be serving an integral purpose. Not only will they be contributing to vital conservation work through marine surveys and photo ID-ing, but they will also be compiling all of the data which they collect into a database - which will then help to monitor the population of the South Ari Atoll. So far the team have managed to have over 3000 encounters with 208 individual whale sharks - pretty impressive if you ask us!

What's more, volunteers will also be living like a local on the stunning island of Dhigurah, helping with regular beach sweeps and clean-ups and other activities. In June 2013, this even included putting on an entire festival dedicated to the whale sharks!

Have a look at the pictures below and see if these inspire you to join - they certainly do with us! Special mention must go to Melody Sky, who took three of these fantastic pictures!

For more information on this project and becoming a whale shark conservation volunteer, please don't hesitate to 'Enquire or Book Now' via the website page. Alternatively, you can email us ([email protected]) or give us a call (+44(0)208 885 4987) to find out more.


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