Galapagos Shark Diving in collaboration with The Galapagos Whale Shark Project would like to invite you on a SCUBA Dive Liveaboard with AMAZING WHALESHARK DIVING!
"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." - Jonathan R. Green
The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR), which straddles the equator approximately 600 nautical miles from the coast of Ecuador, is one of the largest marine reserves in the world. Its protected waters extend 40 nautical miles from a baseline connecting the major islands covering a total area of 130,000 square kilometres of Pacific Ocean and featuring a dynamic mix of tropical and Antarctic currents and rich areas of upwelling. The (GMR), contains an extraordinary range of biological communities, featuring such diverse organisms as penguins, fur seals, tropical corals, large schools of hammerhead sharks and the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, Rhincodon typus.
Listed as Endangered in the IUCN 2016 Red List, Whale Sharks are threatened mainly by fishing activity. Traditionally hunted for their liver oil and for waterproofing wooden boats they are now widely sold for their characteristic white meat (referred to as “tofu shark” in Taiwan). Rapid reductions in numbers caught per unit effort have been seen in several areas where they have been fished including India and Taiwan, indicating that local populations are particularly susceptible to overfishing. Slow growth, late sexual maturation and potentially low reproductive rates mean that localised populations are unlikely to recover after collapse due to fishing.
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 the Galapagos Whale Shark Project has been trying to answer. 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.
Join the project on a seven-night / eight-day liveaboard into the Galapagos Marine Reserve, with local Guides & Dive Masters ( making the ration 1:4 divers) accompanied by Jonathan & Jenny, the experience will be amazing. Although you won't be tagging or touching the whale sharks your help is needed to record the whale sharks with your photography. Each day there will be presentations, talks on, how the research is being used and what the data tells us. If you're unsure on photography the team was involved in the filming of David Attenborough's' Blue Planet II so there will be a comprehensive guide to what to look for and photograph.
Feel great that you're helping to support these majestic gentle creatures and looking to protect their future.
THIS WILL BE A DIVE LIVEABOARD EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER!