Take part in shark conservation with The Great Projects, and come face to face with the ocean's most feared and revered predator.
Starting with our project in South Africa, the Great White Shark is one of the planet's most formidable predators. At up to six metres in length at their largest and over 2000 kilograms at their heaviest; it's easy to see why people are intimidated. Many media publications or films (Spielberg's 'Jaws' for example) have run with this pre-disposition - it's no wonder, then, that sharks sit at the top of many people's 'most feared' lists. A shame, as in reality, Great Whites rarely attack humans.
Elsewhere, you can take part in shark research and conservation in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The waters here are home to a number of fascinating shark species, from the famous bull-sharks and hammerheads, to the graceful and amiable whale sharks. Baja California Sur is world-renowned for its abundant wildlife, with sharks of course being the stars of the show...but past human activity has meant that this species has had to face severe threats.
It's really important to note that for every human killed by a shark (on which the average figure is 12 per annum); around 8.5 million sharks are killed in the same time span. Shockingly, it is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed every year – victims of the shark fin trade, long line fishing nets, shark protection nets and trophy hunting.
What better way to help shark research and ultimately conserve this magnificent predator than on a fantastic conservation project. As a volunteer on a Great White Shark Conservation Project, you will get to assist on field research data collection and learn basic seamanship and boat skills, and of course you will have ample opportunities to go great white shark cage diving! Otherwise, the Shark Research And Conservation Project in Mexico provides volunteers with the ability to work towards developing a long-term monitoring program of shark populations in Baja California Sur, while raising awareness of important conservation efforts and contributing towards the strategies necessary for sustainable shark-diving activities.
Shark numbers are decreasing, and with numbers already being so low this has the potential to tip the scales, and they could soon become officially endangered. Due to the vastness of the world’s oceans, it is difficult to get a firm grasp on shark numbers, but what we do know is that unless a change is made and it is made soon, numbers will continue to fall until the point where a reverse is simply impossible. We need to act now to ensure these beasts are still here for generations to come.
You will not be surprised to hear that the biggest threat to the shark population is man, and some of the most prominent issues they are facing are: