Concluding from their observations, our project partner developed the theory that the sharks in the South Air atoll are part of a bigger local population or alternatively an even smaller component of a regional population. This still leaves us with the question “why are they doing it?”
To close the circle and refer to the opening paragraph of this blog is can be said that without our partner’s research work, we would not know that those sharks in the Maldivian region are almost all males that are also mostly immature. Moreover, the collaborative research enables scientists to see the individuals in a global picture that helps us to understand the species in a better way. Without a global protection concept it will be very difficult and to be honest quite unpromising to only locally protect a whale shark population sustainably that consists mainly of immature male individuals.
Our project partner is eager to continue their work and to identify further components of the population as well as reasons for them to live in this habitat across the Maldives.
November 06, 2013