Very little is known about these magnificent creatures. In the wider Indian
Ocean there has been un-limited slaughter for the far eastern food-fad
restaurant industry. However, in the Seychelles waters, whale sharks are a
CITES protected species with sightings on the increase over the past
few years. The Underwater Centre Seychelles is closely involved with
the Whale Shark Monitoring programme of the Marine Conservation
You can join in and assist with the programme
By accompanying the whale shark tagging programme trips during your stay in the Seychelles.
Here is how it works
Mid to late August - Micro-lite pilots and tagging team arrive Seychelles.
September to October - viewing and tagging tours. Weather permitting
the pilot does a survey flight around Mahe Island and radios back to
the land base the location of the sharks how many.
a general rule, trips are not confirmed until 11.30hrs on the day at
the earliest. It is then a case of a bus ride to either the south of
Mahe and then by boat or direct from the Underwater Centre, North Mahe
by boat. Each boat takes 14 paying passengers, either for viewing the
sharks by snorkelling or from the boat, 3 MCSS researchers and
snorkellers are allowed in the water at a time. Guide price per
passenger is €125. This charge helps to cover the cost of the spotter
plane, boat charter, researchers etc.
Will I see a Whale Shark?
The chances are good! with up to 700 in-water encounters per year.
is an important factor as it can sometimes get quite rough making
it impossible to snorkel. Some clients stay in the boat to view
and photograph, others will snorkel around the whale shark and
hopefully get some good pictures with their underwater cameras.
For further details please call us on ≠44 (0)1202 877 330, email us or visit www.mcss.sc