Tourism Influence on Whale Shark Behaviour in South Ari atoll, Maldives

Author(s): Jil Kuhne
Masters Thesis, University of York
Keywords: Tourism, Whale Shark, Score System, Behaviour, Evasive, Maldives


The aim of this study is to provide a data basis, on which a concept for a more sustainable form of tourism could be developed. This study investigated if disturbance factors, caused by human activities, such as the number of people in the water, the number of boats nearby the shark or the shark-boat distance had a potential influence on whale shark behaviour.

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