Whale sharks are elusive in nature – little is known about their breeding habits. Divers from the Galapagos Whale Shark Trust will tag the creatures in an attempt to find out more about their breeding habits. This information could be crucial to the protection of the species. There are fears that Whale Shark numbers are in decline. Although most deliberate fishing for Whale Sharks has been halted, they are still taken in large numbers as a bycatch. It is also suspected that there is illegal fishing targeting them. This new tagging initiative could be vital to their survival.

For more details of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, visit galapagosconservation.org.uk

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