ADOPT A WHALE SHARK
The global population of whale sharks has declined by 50% in the last 75 years, they’re now Endangered.
Wild about whale sharks? Adopt a whale shark today and you’ll be supporting crucial whale shark research in Mozambique.
What's in the pack?
Within 24hrs of adopting a whale shark, you will receive a digital adoption pack. Each pack includes:
- A personalised certificate of adoption
- An info sheet on your adopted whale shark
- A fact pack
- A mindfulness whale shark colouring sheet
- A digital whale shark poster
About whale sharks
Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea, the largest reaching as much as 20m long and weighing 42t! Despite their size, they are gentle, plankton feeding giants. Plankton are among the smallest organisms in the sea, and whale sharks feed on them by filtering the water and everything in it’s path.
Whale sharks prefer warmer waters and the nutrient rich currents on our coastline make Mozambique an optimal home for some. However, populations of these amazing animals are declining globally, and have declined as far as 63% in the indo-pacific. This has led to them being listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List which means that the species faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild. We need your help to protect them!
Whale sharks are famous for the beautiful white spots that cover their bodies. These spot patterns can also be used to identify individuals – like humans with our fingerprints! This information allows us to track migration patterns, study population trends, and help conserve these magnificent animals.
Biological resource use
One of the biggest threats to whale sharks are fisheries and bycatch. Whale sharks are often targeted for their fins which are sold on the black market. These animals can also get caught accidentally in tuna fishing equipment.
Human intrusions and disturbance
Inappropriate tourism may be an indirect threat to whale sharks. This can include interference, crowding, or provisioning which can lead to changes in behaviour and negatively affect the health of the shark.
Transportation and service corridors
Vessel strikes are a common threat to whale sharks. If a boat goes too close to an animal or drives over it the propellors and the boat can cause damage. Whale sharks often feed at the surface and they are therefore susceptible to these strikes.
Energy production and mining
Marine pollution events in whale shark hotspots can cause mortality or displacement from preferred habitats. This combined with the increasing worry of climate change and it’s impacts are growing areas of whale shark research.
How are we helping?
Love The Oceans has already developed and rolled out responsible tourism guidelines to protect these animals in our region and we work with the local fishermen to ensure none are caught in fisheries. Proving the presence of these animals in this region provides a financial incentive, through ecotourism, to establish the region as a Marine Protrected Area; providing protection for not only whale sharks, but a multitude of other animals and habitats crucial to this area.
Your adoption and support will help us:
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