Project Shark


The aim of 'Project Shark' is to highlight the global issues facing sharks as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular dive sites in the world! Our 'Project Shark' itineraries are now available in the Red Sea, Maldives, Galapagos and Fiji, with our host Dr Elke Bojanowski (founder of The Red Sea Sharks Trust).


Why join these trips?

- Learn about the biology and behaviour of sharks in the Red Sea, Maldives, Galapagos or Fiji
- Learn and develop skills in marine biological studies; collecting data and species identification
- Learn about globally endangered marine species and what we can do as divers to ensure their protection
- Enjoy fantastic diving on some of the most unique dive sites in the world
- Experience potential close encounters with sharks, manta rays and whale sharks

'Project Shark' Itineraries...

Project Shark: Daedalus & St Johns (Red Sea)

Project Shark: Simply the Best (Red Sea)

Project Shark: Maldives

Project Shark: Southern Maldives

Project Shark: Galapagos

Project Shark: Fiji

Founder of the 'Red Sea Sharks Trust', experienced dive guide and marine biologist, Elke Bojanowski Ph.D, began the Longimanus Project in October 2004 and since this date she has been actively collecting underwater photographs and video-clips of oceanic whitetip sharks for catalogue, review and analysis. Since 2012 the project has expanded to become Red Sea Sharks (www.redseasharks.org) and increased its scope to include grey reef, whitetip reef, scalloped hammerhead, pelagic thresher and silky shark catalogues.


Schedule:

Red Sea

Project Shark is regularly scheduled in the Red Sea during the seasons that are known for the best shark sightings, usually from May to November. Our two Project Shark itineraries in the Red Sea focus on the marine parks where you can often see oceanic white tip, grey reef, thresher and hammerhead sharks. In addition, blue o two offers a PADI specialty course AWARE: Shark Conservation and if you book this while on a Project Shark itinerary in the Red Sea, the course fee is discounted 50%!

Maldives

Project Shark in the Maldives is usually scheduled between February and April, when the central atolls typically have good sightings of grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, and whale sharks. In 2019 we are excited to launch a new itinerary to the southern atolls, where more currents bring in larger pelagic species such as scalloped hammerheads, tiger sharks, zebra sharks, silkies and oceanic black tip sharks. You'll also have a good chance to see and learn about mantas, a close relative to the shark family.

Galapagos

We are delighted to offer a special Project Shark in the Galapagos in 2018. While humans may find the water temperature a bit cooler and the currents a bit stronger, sharks tend to love these conditions. Schools of scalloped hammerheads are commonly seen, with a further 32 species of sharks known to frequent these waters, including whale sharks!
20th - 27th August 2018 on M/V Galapagos Master

Fiji

Our newest special Project Shark is in Fiji in 2019. With a number of marine protected areas, shark populations around Fiji are thriving. The most commonly seen species are white tip reef shark, grey reef sharks, and hammerheads. There is also an option to add an extension to dive Beqa Lagoon, known for exciting encounters with eight species of sharks including bull sharks and tiger sharks!
16th - 26th June 2019 on S/Y Fiji Siren


Expertly run:

Project Shark is delivered by our resident marine biologist Dr Elke Bojanowski, who will conduct seminars giving divers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the biology and behaviour of sharks (and mantas, depending on the destination). There will also be a chance to learn about globally endangered marine species and what as divers we can do to aid their protection.

Our planned dive guide for this trip is Dr Elke Bojanowski. However, if for any reason Elke is unavailable to host this trip due to circumstances outside of our control, we will provide you with an alternative, suitably qualified and experienced host. For the avoidance of doubt, any change in host does not give you the right to amend, change or cancel your holiday, and any changes made will be subject to our normal terms and conditions.


Mantas too!

In the Maldives in particular, as well as Galapagos and Fiji, you will be able to play a part in adding to valuable research efforts by the 'Manta Trust' who work towards the conservation of manta rays worldwide. Throughout the week, you will be invited record your sightings for identification and submit them to The Manta Trust, who hold a worldwide database of recorded manta ray individuals.

Both sharks and manta rays are part of the class Chondrichthyes which include fish that have a cartilaginous skeleton. This means they share several similar characteristics and evolutionary biology. So while you get to learn about sharks, it is only natural to also gain a bit of knowledge about mantas.


Please note that while blue o two strives to schedule Project Shark itineraries to coincide with the best chances of seeing sharks, we cannot guarantee sightings of any of the species mentioned above. Thankfully these marine species are, as they should be, wild and free to swim the oceans as they so desire.

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