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What is Project Shark?

Project Shark is a trust founded in 2012 by our expert dive guide and marine
biologist Elke Bojanowski, PhD. She started the project by studying shark
behaviour and collecting shark numbers data in the Red Sea. Eventually,
Project Shark was able to broaden the scope of research in order to increase
knowledge and data about mantas and whale sharks in the Maldives,
Galapagos and French Polynesia. Elke or a member of Project Shark
is happy to share their extensive knowledge with you and you
can actively participate in the research project by
gathering information and taking photos to ID the sharks.
www.redseasharks.org

Project Shark – Red Sea

Are you interested in shark diving, shark issues and do you care about the challenges sharks are facing? Do you fancy diving some of the Red Sea’s finest sites? If your answer to both questions is yes, we have the ultimate trip for you: Project Shark. Hop on the Red Sea Master on the dates listed and join us on our special shark-starring itinerary. Learn all about the biology and behaviour of the various Red Sea sharks in nightly lectures from a representative of the ‘Red Sea Sharks Trust’.

You can actively contribute in shark data collection and analysis and learn how you can help to protect them. Meanwhile, the Red Sea Master will take you to some of the best dive sites; Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone. Don’t be surprised if you experience potential close encounters with sharks, manta rays and whale sharks!

Dates

  • 3-10 June 2019
  • 30 Sept – 7 Oct 2019 Sold out!
  • 7 – 14 Oct 2019 Sold out!

  • 18 – 25 May 2020
  • 27 Jul – 3 Aug 2020
  • 28 Sep – 5 Oct 2020
  • 5 – 12 Oct 2020
  • 3 – 10 Dec 2020

Project Shark – Maldives

Renowned for sightings of whale sharks and mantas, these are the two highlighted species in Project Shark in the Maldives. Project Shark is a trust founded in 2012 by our expert dive guide and marine biologist Elke Bojanowski, PhD. She started the project by studying shark behaviour and collecting shark numbers data in the Red Sea. Eventually, Project Shark was able to broaden the scope of research in order to increase knowledge and data about mantas and whale sharks in the Maldives. Join Elke or another representative of Project Shark on board the Maldives Master and assist in this valuable research. Project Shark works together with the Manta Trust that possesses the most comprehensive database of Maldives manta information. You can compare your manta pictures with their database to determine exactly which manta you have seen, where it was last spotted, etc. If you happen to snap a photo of a new manta, you will get to name it. The dates of this exciting and popular cruise are listed here, so book your space early so as to not miss it!

Dates

  • 2 – 9 Feb 2019 Sold out!
  • 9 – 19 Feb 2019
  • 19 Feb – 1 Mar 2019

  • 29 Jan – 5 Feb 2020
  • 5 – 15 Feb 2020 Sold out!
  • 16 – 26 Feb 2020 Sold out!

Project Shark – French Polynesia

The aim of Project Shark: French Polynesia is to highlight the global issues facing sharks, with a French Polynesian focus, as well as enjoying some of the most exciting dive sites French Polynesia has to offer. The trip will involve some fantastic diving with a chance to learn about the biology and behaviour of sharks and enjoy close encounters with a range of shark species in French Polynesia. You will be joined on board for the duration of the cruise by our experienced Project Shark trip host, Dr. Elke Bojanowski.

This trip will offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the biology and behaviour of sharks in French Polynesia
  • Learn and develop skills in marine biological studies; collecting data and species identification
  • Learn about globally endangered marine species and what we can do as divers to ensure their protection
  • Enjoy fantastic diving on some of the most unique dive sites in the world
  • Experience potential close encounters with a range of different species of sharks including oceanic blacktips, silvertips, tiger, silky, whitetip reef shark, blacktip reef shark, grey reef shark and scalloped hammerhead sharks.

 

Elke Bojanowski

Project Shark is delivered by our resident marine biologist Elke Bojanowski Ph.D, who will conduct on board seminars for all guests. Founder of the ‘Red Sea Sharks Trust’, experienced dive guide and marine biologist, Elke began the Longimanus Project in October 2004 and ever since she has been actively collecting underwater photographs and video-clips of oceanic whitetip sharks for catalogue, review and analysis. Since 2012 the project has expanded to become Red Sea Sharks (www.redseasharks.org) and increased its scope to include grey reef and silky shark catalogues and monitoring for many shark species. Ever since, she has broadened her scope with shark research in other locations around the world.

Why join this itinerary?

Encounters with endangered species add a greater purpose to any dive holiday, so anyone who has an active interest in the preservation of the marine environment and its inhabitants would enjoy this itinerary. However, it is important to bear in mind that as well as learning from an expert about marine biology studies within French Polynesia, divers will enjoy fantastic diving in Tuamotu Archipelago. This itinerary of ‘Project Shark French Polynesia’ provides divers with an unparalleled opportunity to study the marine life’s natural behaviour and aid future conservation efforts in support of marine conservation projects.

Qualification needed:
Diving in French Polynesia can be challenging, even for the experienced diver, primarily due to the currents. We recommend being qualified as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent and have a minimum of 50 logged dives, preferably with some experience diving in currents, and Nitrox certified. French Polynesia also has more stringent scuba diving regulations to which we must adhere, pertaining to depth limits, number of dives per day and unguided diving.

Should you have any questions or queries concerning the dive sites or whether this itinerary is suitable for your experience level, please contact our reservations team info@masterliveaboards.com who will be pleased to assist and advise you.

Dates

  • 1 – 11 September 2020