Expeditions

Diving Expeditions

If you’d like to join any of the listed expeditions please contact SRI at (609) 921-3522, or email: [email protected]

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Patrick Nason has been working with the shark callers of New Ireland for the past year. If you’d like to join him for a week or more of diving and hard work, contact SRI at (609) 921-3522, or email: [email protected]


2018

DJIBOUTI WHALE SHARK RESEARCH EXPEDITION – JANUARY 5TH-13TH, 2018

Spaces are available to join this expedition led by the Shark Research Institute and Sharkwatch Arabia, supporting the ongoing research of the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles. The week-long trip will study the whale sharks that aggregate in the Gulf of Tadjoura; Djibouti hosts the smallest and youngest whale shark population found anywhere. Participants will serve as research assistants, documenting whale sharks by photo identification, collecting and analyzing plankton samples and observing night feeding behavior. Our home for this liveaboard trip is the M/Y Deli, a Turkish gulet that accommodates 12 people in shared rooms with individual baths. Whale shark interactions are snorkel only, but excellent diving is available from the boat. Tour price: $2200 (estimated) double occupancy includes shared accommodation on the boat, double occupancy hotel for the nights of January 5th and 12th at the Sheraton Djibouti, all meals on the boat, transfers to and from the port and a tax-deductible donation to the Shark Research Institute.
Pdf download: DJIBOUTI WHALE SHARK RESEARCH EXPEDITION
For details contact trip leader Jennifer Schmidt at [email protected].


PAST EVENTS

AFUERA

This is a unique opportunity to experience the Afuera (the great massing of whale sharks in the Caribbean). Swim with hundreds of whale sharks (yes, hundreds!), witness vertical feeding on fish spawn, shark trains (nose to tail swimming) and other behaviors of these massive, yet gentle, sharks.

Dr. Jennifer Schmidt, Director of Science and Research, is taking a small group of divers to the Mexican Riviera to swim, free dive and snorkel with the giant sharks during the Afuera.

Objectives: This expedition is field oriented and will seek to answer the following
■ How much time do the sharks spend feeding at the surface.
■ What are the sea surface temperatures when whale sharks are present.
■ We will also gather photographs of individual whale sharks for the Ecocean database.

For further information, contact SRI at (609) 921-3522 or email: [email protected]