Galapagos Whale Shark Project


 

 

The Galapagos Whale Shark Project (GWSP) is comprised of a small group of scientists and volunteers whose common interests are the marine environment, diving and conservation. 

 

All have been inspired 

by Whale Sharks.

Our History & Mission


The Galapagos Whale Shark Project was born of a curiosity about whale sharks and love of the Oceans!

 

"I was surprised at how little was known in general about the species, not only in the Galapagos but in general worldwide. 

 

I became more aware of how whale sharks had been exploited historically and also how industrial fishing both targeted and incidental was beginning to seriously affect certain populations. With this came the realisation that without baseline data and at least a rudimentary understanding of their life cycle there is no manner in which we can create the platform, legal and physical to protect them.

 

The ensuing years we collected data about seasonality, frequency of sightings, sex and behaviour but with the realisation that we needed to expand our area of study and findings a different approach was needed and the Galapagos Whale Shark Project launched."

                                             Jonathan R. Green, Director & Founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project

Still, one of the greatest mysteries of our blue planet, scientists with the Galapagos Whale Shark Projecthave been working for over a decade to gather data that might help better understand and protect whale sharks as well as all the mega marine fauna of the region. The research project is well known in the UK and was also featured in the new ‘BBC Blue Planet II’ where Sir David Attenborough examines the future of our blue planet.

 

Questions such as where they breed, where they give birth and where the young live for the first 3-5 years of life are some of the questions we have been trying to answer. Do they follow marine corridors and how they do connect with other populations from the adjacent Indian and Atlantic Oceans? The answers to these questions and more are necessary if we are to protect the species against the threats that face the future of all marine life.

 

Meet one of the stars of 'BBC Blue Planet II' - our whale sharks in Galapagos and the mystery around them!

 

In episode 7 - 'Our Blue Planet' Sir David Attenborough is introducing the work of the 'Galapagos Whale Shark Project'!

 

Jonathan R. Green, the director of the project, will be happy to give you a few stories behind the scene!

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