Al Rayan Channel Filmed a Documentary in a collaboration with Qatar Whale Shark Project team. Many new interesting historical facts about Whales Sharks in Qatari waters can be learned from this episode as Mr. Jassim Al Mohannadi ( an old Qatari fisherman and pearl diver) narrate his witnessing of whale sharks in the past. […]
Tuesday 12 January 2014 – Doha, Qatar: At a ceremony in Doha on Sunday 12 January 2014, Maersk Oil Qatar joined with Qatar’s Ministry of Environment, the Emiri Air Force and the Qatari Coast Guard to celebrate and recognize the collaborative efforts made by all parties during the 2013 Qatar Whale Shark Research Project season. […]
The 2013 whale shark research season has come to a close for the Qatar Whale Shark Research Project (QWSRP) and, like last season, the achievements have exceeded our expectations. This season we managed to launch 12 highly successful one day trips to the Al Shaheen field (ALS) the team managed to deploy satellite tags, acoustic […]
Ramadan Mubarak We are halfway through the 2013 whale shark season in Al Shaheen (ALS) and despite a very windy month of June the field work has been a massive success. Seven aggregations have been encountered by the research team on boat surveys so far with one aggregation numbering more than 150 whale sharks. Acoustic […]
Each year an extraordinary event takes place off the coast of Qatar. The world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark, congregate in numbers unseen except for a handful of places across the world’s oceans.
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.