Analysis of the Phoretic Relationship Between Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) and Remora (Remora remora) in the South Ari Atoll Marine Protected Area of the Maldives, as a Non-Invasive Associative Method for Classifying Levels of Recuperation in Sharks Following Deep Dives

Author(s): Goddard, R
University of South Wales Undergraduate Dissertation_2016
Keywords: Whale shark, remora, thermoregulation, recuperation, Maldives

An interesting first assessment of the validity of using an associative host to assess behaviour in whale sharks. This completely non-invasive approach explores a subjective observation based on the overarching hypothesis the MWSRP holds for why whale sharks use the South Ari atoll Marine Protected Area as an aggregation site. This dissertation was conducted by […]

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Why Are Whale Sharks in South Ari atoll? Here’s Our Best Guess

Author(s): MWSRP
MWSRP Internal Document
Keywords: Whale shark, Maldives, South Ari atoll, temperature, oxygen levels, thermoregulation, feeding, protection, juvenile, threats, remora, residency

Produced in 2013, the theory presented in this internal MWSRP document is an amalgamation of observed behaviours and records going back to 2006 and represents a ‘best guess’ on why whale sharks can be seen in the South Ari atoll Marine Protected Area (S.A.MPA). It also highlights possible vulnerabilities for the sharks in this region, […]

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The effect of the lunar cycle on the abundance and food source of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Author(s): Aimee Riley
University of Plymouth Undergraduate Dissertation
Keywords: Maldives, whale shark, plankton, lunar cycle, abundance, monsoon, food source, feeding

A promising pilot study on the effect of the lunar cycle on the abundance of whale sharks and plankton by an undergraduate student completing her dissertation with the MWSRP in July & August 2014. Abstract; “Whale sharks are known to inhabit the waters surrounding South Ari Atoll throughout the year (Riley et al., 2010). The […]

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MWSRP Maldives Whale Shark Presentation

Author(s): The MWSRP Team
In House MWSRP Presentation
Keywords: Whale Shark, Maldives, Guest, Presentation, Biology, Ecology, Threats, Behaviour, Feeding, Captivity, Excursion

It gives us great pleasure to share with you an update to the presentation that we at MWSRP created and use when we conduct lectures on the whale sharks of the Maldives. Any person or organisation who would like to use this, either for their own interest or to present to their own guests is […]

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Whale shark economics: a valuation of wildlife tourism in South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Author(s): Edgar Fernando Cagua, Neal Collins, James Hancock and Richard Rees
Cagua et al. (2014),Whale shark economics: a valuation of wildlife tourism in South Ari Atoll, Maldives. PeerJ 2:e515; DOI 10.7717/peerj.515
Keywords: Economic valuation,Wildlife tourism,Whale shark, Maldives, Regression model, Direct spend, MPA management, Shark watching

Whale sharks attract large numbers of tourists, divers and snorkelers each year to South Ari Atoll in the Republic ofMaldives. Yet without information regarding the use and economic extent of the attraction, it is difficult to prioritize conservation or implement effective management plans. We used empirical recreational data and generalized mixed statistical models to conduct […]

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Whale Shark Encounter Log Sheet

Author(s): Richard Rees
March 2014

A log sheet for Big Fish Network members to note down encounter information on the boat ready for entry into the online portal

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Low Genetic Differentiation across Three Major Ocean Populations of the Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus

Author(s): Schmidt, J et al.
PLoS ONE 4(4): e4988. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004988
Keywords: Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus, Genetic differentiation, DNA, Population

An early contribution from MWSRP for a global level understanding of population dynamics in the whale shark. Abstract Background: Whale sharks are a declining species for which little biological data is available. While these animals are protected in many parts of their range, they are fished legally and illegally in some countries. Baseline biological and […]

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Analysis of Tide Data at Dhigurah in Relation to Predicted Tide Data at Male

Author(s): Neal Evans
MWSRP Internal Report, 24th October 2012
Keywords: Tidal cycle, Dhigurah, Republic of Maldives, comparison, Malé, minTIDE sensor,

As a tool for planning future whale shark fieldwork and sighting frequency correlations, the MWSRP utilising equipment donated by Valeport Ltd. aimed to conduct a detailed recording of the tidal cycle at Dhigurah island in South Ari atoll, Republic of Maldives and identify any correlation between the observed Dhigurah tides and the predicted tides at Malé, based […]

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2006 – 2008 Analysis of Whale Shark Aggregations in the Maldives

Author(s): Riley, M et al (2010)
Aquatic Biology, Vol. 8: 145 - 150, 2010
Keywords: Whale Shark, Rhincondon typus, Maldives Archipelago, Mark-recapture, Photo-identification

This is the first peer reviewed analysis paper that MWSRP produced, from observations during the early days of the Programme, 2006 – 2008. Our understanding has developed considerably since then, though some of the fundamental findings, specifically gender bias and average size remain remarkably close to the what we currently know with nearly 8 times […]

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