Monitoring whale shark populations

Project name:

East African Whale Shark Trust

Project purpose:

Monitoring whale shark populations

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Marine

Kenya

Africa

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Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

187

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation on the beach

Requirements:

It will be helpful but not essential if you have a marine science background, have a diving licence, have a driving licence and are happy in the water.

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, kitchen facilities, 2 minute walk from local restaurants, post office, nearby medical centre

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Volunteer activities

All our volunteer programmes include accommodation, training, studying whale shark behaviour, physiology and movement, whale shark safaris, education workshops and more! Volunteers

What will you do?

Help with the education programme in schools and hotels, assist with fundraising, assist with data collection and analysis, assist the guides on whale shark safaris, help in the Fibre-Glass Turtle workshop

Scheduling

1 – 3 month programmes at a cost of $750 per month. Weekly costs are also available. Whale shark season runs from Oct – March, peak being Feb – March. In the off season, focus is on research, education and community projects. Activities such as safaris and mountain climbing are available and encouraged during days off.

Research

Monitoring, tagging and satellite tracking working in tandem with Universeum and Chalmers University in Sweden and Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute in the US among others to create a wider knowledge data base on the whale shark. Remarkably little is known about the biggest fish in the ocean. It is unknown where whale sharks go to breed or whether global populations are related.Their migration patterns remain a mystery

 

 

There is also a turtle and a fisherman project.

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