Back in June 2012, a film crew from the BBC visited Qatar and joined with representatives from the Qatar Whale Shark Project to produce a segment for their new series ‘Wild Arabia’.
In March 2012, the Qatar Ministry of Environment and the Maersk Oil Research & Technology Centre (MO-RTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a new scientific research project that will explore and document the diversity and abundance of marine species in Qatari waters, in particular those found in the vicinity of the Al Shaheen field.
On the 12 of September the Ministry of Environment conducted the first aerial whale shark survey in the Arabian Gulf. The survey was conducted in collaboration with the Qatar Air Force and Maersk Oil. The air force rescue helicopters proved to be ideal for counting whale sharks, and more than 50 individuals were seen close to the offshore platforms of the Al Shaheen oil field.