“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 fin, in some part of the world, whale sharks still are actively hunted by fishermen, mainly for their meat. Because they often aggregate in the surface feeding, they are quite vulnerable towards boat strike and by catch. Yet, one of the most critical thing about whale shark is that there’s 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.