Associated Research Institutes

Whale Shark Mexico

Whale Shark Mexico (Tiburon Ballena Mexico in Spanish) is a conservation and research NGO set up by Dr. Deni Ramirez Macias, a world renowned whale shark expert. Set up in 2001, Whale Shark Mexico is dedicated to the research of whale sharks particularly those that inhabit the Gulf of California. Whale Shark Mexico is also closely involved in conservation and works tirelessly to improve government legislation and management of the whale sharks and their habitat.

Simon Hilbourne spent the summer of 2014 assisting Dr. Deni Ramirez in the monitoring program of juvenile whale shark aggregations in the Bay of La Paz, Mexico. At this time he was also collecting historical sightings data as well as oceanographic and atmospheric data to try and determine the factors that determine when whale sharks turn up in the bay. This research was part of his master’s dissertation project through the University of Southampton in the UK.

For more information about the work that Dr. Deni Ramirez Macias and Whale Shark Mexico are doing, click here.

Love The Oceans

Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. Guinjata Bay, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love The Oceans hopes to protect the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. Their goal is to achieve a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, and achieve higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species.

Founded in 2014, Love The Oceans is a relatively new organisation. The individuals behind it have a lot of experience in Mozambique and have undertaken the research themselves independently for university projects, and, after realising this was a worthy long term cause that needed a significant time investment, Love The Oceans was born.

They offer a cutting edge volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work alongside marine biologists and oceanographers, helping with conservation and research. Volunteers gain experience through research, education and fish IDing programs over the space of 5 weeks. Their volunteers make up the team which help to meet their aims. We hope that through their research, teaching and diving we can move towards a more sustainable future.

For more information about the work that Love The Oceans is doing click here.