Volunteer to research migrating whale sharks around Mafia Island, Tanzania.

The Great Projects

Who: The Great Projects

Where: Mafia Island, Tanzania

Focus: Swim with and research whale sharks:

  • Learn whale shark ecology.
  • Take photos and videos of the whale sharks to contribute to the global spot-pattern identification project (which maps the global migration of whale sharks).
  • Identify whale shark injuries, mutilations and scars which will help the team understand the impact of tourism on the sharks.
  • Take tourists out on the boats to see whale sharks and demonstrate the proper way to dive with whale sharks safely.
  • Learn snorkelling and skin diving techniques.

When: October to February | Peak whale shark season – October to December

Duration: 2-12 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s | Volunteers should be confident swimmers.

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