Named Whale Sharks of 2023

Captivating the Depths: 'Name a Whale Shark Contest 2023' Triumphs

"At Galapagos Shark Diving, we're making waves in conservation! Our profits directly fuel the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, supporting ocean conservation and pioneering shark research in the islands.”— Jenny Waack, Founder of Galapagos Shark Diving

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR, January 3rd, 2023 / -- Captivating the Depths: 'Name a Whale Shark Contest 2023' 


Galapagos Shark Diving is elated to announce the triumphant completion of the 'Name a Whale Shark Contest 2023,' an exhilarating blend of diving passion and marine conservation commitment. This annual initiative invites divers to the Galapagos Islands, creating unique connections with ocean life and actively participating in crucial conservation efforts.

A Splash of Impact: Naming Opportunity and Conservation Fusion

One of the program's highlights is the chance for each diver to suggest a name for a whale shark, fostering a personal bond with these incredible creatures while reinforcing our commitment to ocean conservation. Divers' proposed names are elegantly collected in the 'Whale Shark Bag,' and Jenny, our founder, draws names corresponding to the funds raised. All contributions directly support the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, funding essential resources like satellite tags, blood kits, and research vessel time. This data is pivotal, offering insights into migration patterns, diving behaviors, and interactions with fisheries, advocating for expanded marine protected areas.

Divers diving with enormous adult whale shark

Thrilling Update: Three New Tags and Personalized Sharks

In an exciting development, we've raised enough funds to purchase THREE satellite tags. The chosen names—'Makeba,' 'Luna,' and 'Star'—will be bestowed upon the whale sharks we tag during our upcoming research trip. Follow their incredible journeys on our social media platforms or by subscribing to our newsletter for updates on 'Makeba,' 'Luna,' and 'Star' following our next research expedition.

Echoes of Appreciation: Testimonials from Our Diver Community

"We proposed the name 'Luna' during our dive conservation trip with Galapagos Shark Diving. To our delight, it was chosen as one of the names for the whale sharks to be tagged. This experience underscored the significant impact of our participation, a true testament to the vital efforts of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project in promoting ocean conservation."

-Sabine & Markus (Traveled with us in July 2023)

Whale shark surrounded by fish and scuba divers underwater, with light filtering through the water from above

Feminine Wonders: All Female Names for a Unique Whale Shark Population

An intriguing note about our Whale Shark Bag: all submitted names are female, mirroring the remarkable population in the Galapagos Islands, where an astounding 99.8% of adult whale sharks are female!

Heartfelt Gratitude to Divers and Supporters

Our sincere thanks extend to every diver who joined us this year, viewers of our video, and our global community for standing with us in supporting ocean conservation. Your participation is instrumental in making a positive impact on the lives of whale sharks and the health of our oceans. Thank you for being part of this extraordinary journey.

A Whale Shark swims in the deep blue as a diver swims above taking photographs

About Galapagos Shark Diving

Galapagos Shark Diving is on a mission to offer an unforgettable diving experience while championing the research and conservation of whale sharks. We're dedicated to raising awareness about these endangered giants and providing information on how everyone can contribute to their preservation. By supporting the Galapagos Whale Shark research project, we aim to empower individuals to become Citizen Scientists, contributing to research on various shark species. Your participation in our trips directly supports the protection of whale sharks and marine life.


Check out: Galapagos Shark Diving's 2022 Name a Whale Shark


For media inquiries, please contact:

Jenny Waack

Galapagos Shark Diving

+593 99 966 7219

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