Two whale sharks that were tagged in August close to Darwin’s Arch in the north of the Galapagos Marine Reserve have been detected off the coast off Peru.
During the August/September field trip of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, which GCT helped to fund, 15 satellite tags were deployed onto 11 whale sharks. The two sharks which recently transmitted a signal off the coast of Peru had not been heard from for several months, so it’s great news that the tags are still functioning.
Individuals have been tracked to Peru from Galapagos before, but where they go from here is still a mystery. The hope is that the tags that are attached to these two individuals will remain attached and continue to transmit signals so that we can start to understand the next stage of the migration of these gentle giants. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any further news.