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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
We’re donating $1 to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for every Whale Shark Bracelet sold. Our donation will fund their revolutionary whale shark tagging and tracking program. Photo courtesy of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
Tracking the whale shark known as 4ocean2In 2019, we made a donation to Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation that was used to tag three whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, the site where the world’s largest-known gathering of whale sharks takes place every year.
4ocean2 is a male whale shark that researchers tagged on July 7, 2019, and is now one of the longest-running tags in GHOF’s tracking program. Our team affectionately calls him Spot for his unique markings and the tag that keeps us updated on his travels.
Spot was last detected on September 11, 2021, has traveled more than 9,900 miles (15,900 km) since 2019, and returns to the waters of Isla Mujeres every year. The animated graphic below shows where Spot has traveled over the last two years.
As we continue to track where Spot and his friends travel when they leave Isla Mujeres, we’ll build a library of data that can be used to guide the creation of marine protected areas in crucial whale shark habitats, which will help protect these endangered animals for generations to come.