Global database of whale shark tracks

Nearly 350 satellite tracks of whale sharks have been collated

The analysis phase of this sub-project is now underway to estimate globally the overlap of whale sharks and marine traffic.

Whale sharks are IUCN Red Listed as ‘Endangered’ and there is concern that ship strikes on whale sharks are much more frequent but go unrecorded and are contributing to global population decline.

This research will quantify where and how often whale sharks and large ships meet and estimate the risks of collision in key habitats they occupy and which may also overlap with busy shipping routes.