While all the sharks sighted in Madagascar bear a data code starting with “MD” for Madagascar (Michel’s is MD-151), we also give the whale sharks a name 🙂 It is easier to remember them this way, and we think names are nicer than database codes.
This one-off contribution means you-or the person of your choice- gets to name a shark with the name of your choice, for life. While we favour beautiful names for the sharks, the choice is all yours! You will be sent monthly updates each season about your shark, as well as our regular newsletter and a certificate by email.
You can also simply adopt a shark who already has a name (someone said Michel?), a shark you liked, or a shark whose name you like.
To adopt a whale shark, there are 2 options :
-Adoption and naming: you (or the person of your choice) choose the name of a recently identified male or female whale shark in the waters of Nosy Be You are the exclusive godfather or godmother of the whale shark, a personalised certificate is made for you or the person of your choice. You will receive news of the whale shark adopted twice during the season (September to December), the price is 230 euros.
-Adoption only: you have the choice between one of the whale sharks already named (check the file below to see all names) and seen regularly during the season, you will receive a certificate of adoption and news once during the season. The price is 50 euros.
To initiate the process, please donate the amount matching your adoption choice here. We will get back to you by email to finalise the adoption.
Disclaimer: we cannot guarantee resighting any shark at any time, whale sharks are wild and free 😉 For this reason we recommend a few “popular” whale sharks for adoption only, such as Alphonse and Zazou, who have been sighted most years in Nosy Be.
Thanks to your donation, you are directly contributing to our efforts in protecting whale sharks in Nosy Be. Your financial participation will go towards sustaining our small team year-round, replacing scientific equipment such as underwater cameras for our volunteers, while ensuring our field season takes place every year.
We are incredibly thankful for your support, and we are glad to welcome you in our “whale shark parents” club 👋