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Whale Shark Research on the Belize Barrier Reef


Help Unravel the Whale Shark Mystery


You can help the local and global whale shark research efforts by sending us photos of the spot patterns behind the gills and on the first dorsal fin and keeping reporting tag numbers or tag types to us. Please take a moment to note down the following information after sighting one or more whale sharks during your time on the reef:

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Photo © Werner Mischler
  • Time, date & location of sighting

  • Number of sharks and approximate size of sharks

  • Any distinguishing features or scars

  • Tag type (marker, acoustic), number, and placement

  • Tour operator name & your contact information


Please drop this off at the Placencia tourism office (by the gas station) or send it directly to:

Rachel Graham
61 Front Street, Punta Gorda, Belize
Fax: +501 722-2678 /Email: rgraham@flmnh.ufl.edu

Your help is greatly appreciated, thank you!