Shark Team One's Endangered Whale Shark Conservation Program:
• Saves sharks through research, advocacy, ambassadorship and citizen science
• Trains students in ecology, conservation practices, marine biology and field research
• Saves endangered whale sharks through policy, ecotourism, preservation of cultural values, education and technology!
Check out a few photos of our scientists, partners, divers, students, families and kids all participating in the
Endangered Whale Shark Conservation Program!
"The Endangered Whale Shark Conservation Program studies whale shark behavior and the impacts of human stressors such as ship strikes, plastic pollution, fishing gear entanglement, overfishing and the effects of difficult to regulate marine protected areas on a migrating whale shark population off the Yucatan Peninsula. The project also conserves whale sharks through citizen science expeditions that educate multinational participants about whale shark biology, ecology, technology for
conservation and the need for protection."
-Angela Smith, Shark Team One
This program is supported by:
the Disney Conservation Fund, Microsoft AI for Earth, Merge Mobile and other generous supporters.
"We are working with communities of the Yucatan Peninsula to protect one of the last remaining aggregations of endangered whale sharks by eliminating human impacts, creating marine wildlife corridors and building sustainable ecotourism and artisanal fishing communities. By creating advocacy, integrating citizen science and emphasizing climate resilience, we are increasing protection for whale sharks in this region by helping local stakeholders protect their valuable natural resources.” -Angela Smith, Shark Team One