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.


You have two options when it comes to adopting a Whale Shark: Digital (Worldwide) and Printed (UK only).

When you choose a printed adoption we’ll send you our Whale Shark adoption pack which includes:

  • Personalised Certificate
  • Factsheets - learn all about your amazing shark & research project
  • Poster
  • Bookmark
  • Greeting Card - left blank for your message

Adopt a Whale Shark (printed)

When you select our Digital Whale Shark Adoption more of your money will go towards shark conservation and it is more eco-friendly! This option is available to shark lovers around the world.

We will email you:

  • Your personalised certificate
  • a link to your digital adoption pack

Adopt a Whale Shark (digital)

*If you do not receive your digital adoption within a few days, please check your junk folder*

Related Links:

► Download the latest Whale Shark Report (pdf)

► Read our Creature Feature Blog on the Whale Shark

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