Giving Back - Allie Kelley

Whale Shark Initiative

5% of profits from print sales go to the Marine Megafauna Foundation to support whale shark research and conservation

What are whale sharks?

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea.  These harmless, magnificent, ocean dwelling giants weigh approximately 11 tons and can grow to a length of 40 feet.  With a beautiful blue patterned body, whale sharks are unique and unmistakable creatures.

Where are they found?

Whale sharks reside in the Mesoamerican Reef, Coastal East Africa, Gulf of California, and Coral Triangle.  This includes such countries as Madagascar, Mexico, Western Australia, and occasionally even Hawaii.

Why do they need our help? 

Whale sharks have been classified as endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They face anthropogenic threats such as hunting, bycatch, and unethical tourism practices.

What is the Marine Megafauna Foundation? 

An organization dedicated to the international conservation of the ocean and marine species such as whale sharks.  More information can be found here:

What else can we do to help?

Raise awareness for the issue by talking about their endangered status.  

Let people know you supported conservation when you show them any print from this website that you purchased.  Let the image spark a conversation.  

Volunteer or donate directly to a cause that is working with the conservation of these species.

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