Renowned for being the world's largest fish, whale sharks are perhaps one of the most curious creatures in the open ocean. Growing up to forty feet (12 metres, or the size of a bus!) and weighing up to 20 tonnes with beautiful polka-dot skin, whale sharks are simply magnificent. However, you need not be intimidated by this species of shark, as they are completely harmless and docile, filter feeding on plankton, small fish and krill!
Preferring warmer waters, the Indian Ocean provides one of the best locations in which to witness this graceful giant and participate in a one-of-a-kind whale shark conservation project. Our whale shark projects offer truly unique experiences, as not only will you be able to get up close and personal with these sharks – measuring and identifying them – but you will also come to recognise them individually as you continually carry out research that will help us to better understand these elusive fish, and therefore help to devise appropriate strategies to aid whale shark conservation.
What better way to explore idyllic destinations such as the Maldives and Mafia Island than by joining a Whale Shark Conservation Project?
Whale sharks are highly valued on international black markets for their meat, fins and oil, and this means that they are becoming a species targeted by poachers.
There is such little information about whale shark populations that it's hard to determine their status. However, what is gathered from data that is available, we know that whale shark conservation efforts are desperately needed.
If things continue as they are at the moment, the whale shark is at risk of becoming extinct, and we would lose one of the world’s most gentle giants.
Due to their size, whale sharks have very few, if any natural predators and threats in the wild, but problems begin to occur for them when humans get involved.