Adopt a Whale Shark today and you'll be supporting vital Whale Shark research in the Maldives.


Whale Sharks are awesome because they're the biggest fish in the world! The largest recorded was 20m long and weighed 42 tonnes. Yet they feed on tiny microscopic plankton. Each Whale Shark also has a unique pattern of spots, like a human fingerprint!

Their immense size and characteristic checkerboard pattern make them unmistakable and completely unforgettable.

Unfortunately the Whale Shark is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Research is vital to ensure their survival.


Maldives Whale Shark Research Project (MWSRP)

The MWSRP is a charity based in the South Ari Atoll Marine Protected Area. One of the few sites in the world where Whale Sharks aggregate year round. A strong research programme enables MWSRP to fulfil a much needed consultancy role.

They also foster community focused conservation initiatives, providing education opportunities and supporting local communities. Many of which traditionally hunted the Whale Shark for its liver oil.

Here are just some of the Whale Sharks you'll be helping:

  • AYESHA - Ayesha is the first and biggest female shark recorded at 6.5m long. She is very placid and has a large chunk missing from her tail.

  • CHRISTY - Christy is 4.6m long and the second female shark MWSRP identified.

  • ELLA - Ella is the smallest of the bunch at less than 3m long. She is a favourite among the researchers and is very inquisitive.

  • JOEY - Joey is 6.5m long. When MWSRP first discovered Joey his fin had been sliced and was barely hanging on. Later it was discovered that he was the victim of an unsuccessful finning attempt. He's now healed and is doing well.

  • SKYE - Skye is a small shark at 4m long. He has the most beautiful vibrant pattern of spots.

  • WINSTON - Winston was the first shark MWSRP identified. He is 6.8m long and very well-travelled, making journeys thousands of miles long!


When you adopt we’ll send you our Whale Shark adoption pack which includes:

  • Personalised Certificate
  • Factsheets - learn all about your amazing shark & research project
  • A4 Poster
  • Bookmark
  • Set of Shark Postcards

Adopt a Whale Shark

Related Links:

► Download the latest Whale Shark Report from MWSRP (pdf)

Visit the MWSRP Website

► Read our Creature Feature Blog on the Whale Shark