Volunteer to carry out whale shark research and take part in community conservation initiatives in the Maldives.

The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme

Who: Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP)

Where: Dhigurah in the South Ari atoll, the Maldives

Focus:  To conduct whale shark research and data collection:

  • Document every whale shark encountered in the South Ari Marine Protected Area (MPA), including their movements, size, sex, threats and the influence of environmental factors
  • Snorkel to take identification photographs and collect baseline data on whale sharks and the marine environment.
  • Help with community-focussed conservation initiatives throughout the Maldives.

When: February to December (set start dates)

Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s

Requirements: Volunteers should be confident swimmers.

Visit MWSRP for more information.

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