Conservation Photography: Second Place
70% of the sharks in our database have some sort of anthropogenic injury. The primary cause of these injuries are boat propellors. WS198, Nacocco suffered a horrific injury a few months ago on his right side which has just healed up. He was spotted again on the MPA this time with the same type of laceration on the left side of his body. The MPA is very busy and there is no limitation on number of boats or people. Some boats and guides are very good with encounters and other are not. Speeding is rampant on the MPA and often results in the types of injuries seen here. Whale shark tourism is beneficial for conservation and protection of the species but we have to make sure that this tourism is not having a negative impact on the sharks. Just another example of how positive human interactions with wildlife (such as whale shark tourism) can have negative unintended consequences (such as boat strikes).
Marine Biology | Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
maldives, whale shark, conservation