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posted : December 7, 2004 Post subject: Whale Shark Expedition 2005

Press Release 07/12/04

Whale Shark Expedition 2005

Scuba World Safaris is working with researchers tagging Whale Sharks in Utila, Honduras next February. The Expedition is lead by Paul Shepherd an Underwater photographer and PADI Instructor.

We will be building a database of whale sharks that visit the area and can therefore learn more about the habits of these amazing creatures. The Database will include DNA samples and a photo library. Even if you are not an accomplished photographer you can help compile this. Paul is running a photography workshop whilst the researchers teach the members about the Whale Sharks.

The researchers will only be doing this for 6 weeks each year and we have 2 of those! This is also the first year of the project, so therefore the most interesting as all the Sharks will need to be tagged and recorded.

Utila is one of the smallest Bay Islands and is also one of the least developed. Staying in Deep Blue a small-secluded resort the whole expedition is geared to the diver and their experiences.

The coral spawning and egg laying of many fish draws the whale sharks to Utila each year. The researchers have planned the project for the best chance to see the Sharks. We are also operating a spotter plane to help locate the sharks so we can cover as many as possible.

The Expedition is limited to 10 spaces so donít wait! Check out the website at or email us at

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