Galapagos Whale Shark Project

July 5, 2011 § 1 Comment

The first whale shark of the year was spotted at Darwin Islet on May 20, 2011.  This was excellent news for Jonathan Greene and the other members of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project.  The project is designed to raise aweness of the importance of Whale Sharks to the intregity of the world’s oceans.  They hope to create protection areas both regionally and globally by using tagging technology and photo identification to determine the charactersitics of the Galapagos whale shark population.  The hope to identify the long-term migratory movements.

Each year between May and November a large population of female whale sharks congrate near Wolf and Darwin.  Why the females congrate there and there are no males is unknown as it is unknown where these whale sharks are the rest of the year. 

The Galapagos Whale Shark Project combines the efforts of the Galapagos National Park Service, the University of Davis California, Conservation International and the Charles Darwin Research Station.  The group set out this week for their first tagging trip. 

Visit their website to learn more about the Galapagos Whale Shark Project and how you can get involved.

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