“The gentle giants are vulnerable due to poor scientific knowledge”
The Whale shark, like other shark and ray species, is a slow growing animal with low fecundity. Although not mainly hunted for their fins, in some parts of the world, whale sharks still are actively hunted by fishermen, mainly for their meat. Because they often aggregate during surface feeding, they are quite vulnerable to boat strikes and to being caught. Yet, one of the most critical things about whale sharks is that there is very little knowledge of their biology and reproduction. That provides a big challenge for us to properly protect them. The money raised during the #GoTagMe campaign will therefore be used to purchase tags & then host a tagging operation of Indonesian Whale Sharks aboard Adelaar.