Over the last two decades, a number of dive masters, led by Jonathan R. Green, have contributed to a database of sightings of whale sharks in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, (GMR), which provides baseline information on seasonal frequency and distribution. Thanks to this database, Green was able to make some preliminary findings about whale sharks in the GMR. These include the following:
With the move from passive observation to active data collection, using the methods described HERE, we have been able to understand more of whale shark presence and movements within the GMR and at a regional level. Particularly with the satellite track data and photo ID work we now know the following:
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