Who are we?


 

Jenny Waack, CIIA

Founder Galapagos Shark Diving

Dive Master

 

Email: jennywaack@gmx.de

galapagossharkdiving@gmail.com

galapagoswhalesharkproject@gmail.com

 

Jenny Waack is founder of the Galapagos Shark Diving and is supporting the research project Galapagos Whale Shark Project since several years. She is a native of Germany. She studied business administration, graduated as Certified International Investment Analyst and worked many years in Investment & Retail Banking in Germany.

Her passion has always been traveling, diving and discovering the world. On her travels she fell in love with whale sharks, Galapagos and the marine enviroment, dedicating her live to pretect these gentle giants and the oceans. She is supporting the Galapagos Whale Shark Project in media and communication work as well as in the field dive work in the field research. When not helping with the project she is working on an expedition ship in remote polar regions and continues to work in the financial sector in Germany.

She speaks fluent German and English and has a working knowledge of Spanish. She resides in Ecuador and enjoys diving, hiking, yoga, skiing and any kind of outdoor activities.

Jonathan R. Green, FRGS  

Co-Founder Galapagos Shark Diving

Founder & Director Galapagos Whale Shark Project

Dive Master

 

Email: jonathangwsp@gmail.com

 galapagoswhalesharkproject@gmail.com

 

Jonathan R. Green is the Project Founder & Director of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project. He is a sciences graduate of the University of North London. He has worked for nearly three decades in the Galapagos Islands and has several thousand dives in the surrounding waters. An early fascination with whale sharks let to the founding of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project with a view to better understanding the part Galapagos plays in their life cycle.

 

He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London and when not in the Galapagos works on expedition vessels in the Polar Regions. He also teaches photography workshops in destinations around the world and has won several international awards.

 

He speaks fluent English, Spanish, French and basic knowlegde of German.

With your dive you will support the Galapagos Whale Shark Project!

Our Mission - Why we love what we do?


Why we love what we do?  

 

We like to ...

  • ... offer DIVING WITH A PURPOSE - combine an incredible dive experience with helping research & conservation of whale sharks!
  • ... make the world aware of the endangered status of whale sharks, show how everybody can help in giving more detailed information about these gentle giants of the oceans.
  • ... let the world know about the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, its positive impact & support the Project directly.
  • ... show YOU how you can do citizen science and support a lot of shark species.
  • ... give us the possibility to dedicate more time to the project and the conservation of whale sharks.
  • ... give back to nature & marine life

WHY dive with us? How do we make the DIFFERENCE?


  • The price includes an optional donation to the Galapagos Whale Shark Project - for your support you will get a underwater video of your individual dive expedition! 
  • We give presentations about a variety of Galapagos topics; science and conservation of Whale Sharks & the Galapagos Whale Shark Project!
  • You will dive with the PROJECT LEADER Jonathan Green and team member Jenny Waack!
  • Both are dive masters! So you will have 4 dive masters in total - for 7 guests 2 dive masters!
  • You can help with citizen science adding to the knowledge and global data bases.
  • We will have maximum of 14 instead of 16 passengers on board the vessel.
  • Interested in underwater photography? Jonathan is an award winning photographer, who has led many photography workshops in Galapagos and around the world. He will give you all the tips & tricks in a PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP and practical advice about photography on land and underwater directly onboard. All included in the trip cost.
  • Why these dates? We take into consideration local and climatic conditions to optimise our wildlife encounters! 
  • We offer translation onboard in Spanish, German and French.

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

 

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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