Feature – Marine Megafauna Foundation – Whale Shark



Marine Megafauna Foundation

Whale Sharks are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species(version 2022-1)

The Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) team has been researching whale sharks since 2003.

They conduct pioneering research on marine megafauna and use scientific evidence to educate the public and government to influence long-lasting conservation strategies.

They operate in three key priority regions in the Americas, western Indian Ocean and in southeast Asia. All areas which have high numbers of threatened marine species, which represent the highest levels of ocean biodiversity and areas which face significant threats from growing human pressures. There are several sites where large numbers of whale sharks aggregate.

Here is a whale shark mystery. Most of the sharks present at these sites are juvenile males between four and nine meters in length. Of the 7,700 individual sharks identified in the global whale shark database around 2/3 are male. Where are all the females? Where are the adults (and babies) of either sex?

At this stage, very little is known about whale shark reproduction and life history. The MMF team are working to solve the mystery.

We love our huge spotty friends. We are also rather proud of what we’ve done to help them over the years. Our staff led the most recent global conservation assessment for the species, which identified them as an endangered species on the IUCN Red List, and then led the technical proposal to get whale sharks the maximum protection offered by the United Nations’ Convention on Migratory Species. We’re presenting working on a recovery plan for these sharks too. Effective conservation is founded on great data, so we have ongoing field research projects on whale sharks operating at key sites across the world.

Learn more about the Marine Megafauna Foundation and how you can become a supporter (and get insider updates on our work) through the links below.

(photos by Marine Megafauna Foundation)

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This team and their vital work needs your help.

So what can you do to help?


… the answer is a great deal … and all of it would make a difference …

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