Monthly Archives: September 2007

Inter-school art competition

Seeing as the weather is not particularly whale shark friendly (to say the least!! – today many boats did not go out at all it was so rough), I have spent most of this morning planning our Inter-school Art Competition. We have involved several local schools and are in the process of collecting their pictures/paintings […]

Expedition Preparation Dive

In preparation for our Tagging Expedition 2008 Volker and Nimu went to check out Kinondo reef this morning. Kinondo is one of our whale shark hotspots (see the dive site map on our website Unfortunately the conditions weren’t great and the sea was a little rough so whilst there were plenty of beautiful fish […]

Our Projects.

We have several ongoing projects at the EAWST: Our research initiative involves everything from distributing sighting forms to tagging and rescue. We keep a daily record of all whale shark sightings and work closely with local diving and fishing operators. If a whale shark gets entangled in a net we try to rescue it – […]

Papa Shillingi – Giant sharks

In Kiswahili, the whale shark is called “papa shillingi” translating as “shark covered in shillings.” There is a local legend that God was so pleased when he created this beautiful fish that he gave his angels handfuls of gold and silver coins to throw down from heaven onto its back. So it goes that whale […]