The White Shark Trust Support-A-Shark

1st of January 2002 - 31 December 2006

This program is no longer running!

Would you like to support the White Shark Trust?

Would you like to support the research conducted by the White Shark Trust?

Are you looking for a gift for a friend or kids?

The White Shark Trust "Support-A-Shark" program has been designed as a donation tool through which you can get involved. "Support-A-Shark" is our answer to the more common "Adopt a shark" programs out there: We do not support these programs in which you get the mislead feeling that you adopted a shark. The sharks presented below are free animals and nobody can have a claim on any of them. Hence, the name "Support-A-Shark", clearly indicating that you only support a shark to help support other sharks.

Taking part of this program allows you to take part of the work we are conducting in the field every day by sponsoring it. Your donation through "Support-A-Shark" means that you are supporting vital White Shark research, hence making a difference towards a better understanding of these mysterious sharks, and further help their conservation.

The White Shark Trust needs your help! You can support one of these sharks from 500 US $ (other options are available - see below)...

We would like to introduce you to some of the interesting and amazing Great White Sharks whom we have observed on several occasions during our years of field work around Dyer Island mainly. When you support a shark, you will hear directly from the researchers (who are associated with reputable Universities) and field team (mainly from the Field Research Assistants) just what "your" White Shark is up to!

Any questions? Please contact us...

Parasite

This shark was nicknamed "Parasite" due to the parasites covering parts of the body and dorsal fin.

Parasite is a 380 centimeter (near 12 1/2 feet) long female shark first sighted at Dyer Island in May 1999. She has been resighted 27 times since then.

She has a very distinctive notch on the lower half of the posterior edge of her dorsal fin.

Step

This shark is a 330 centimeter (11 feet) long male shark sighted at Dyer Island for the first time in June 1999.

He has a very distinctive feature at the top of the dorsal fin, a "Step Notch" as Michael Scholl refers to this specific feature.

This shark was resighted 18 times, and the longest time the shark was not resighted was 379 days.

Bent Tail

The origin for the name of this 360 cm (12 feet) female shark is obvious from the photograph.

She was first sighted in November 1998 at Dyer Island. On average, we observe this shark every 75 days, but she also has been absent from the field observation for up to 361 days.

VW

No, this shark is not sponsored by a famous automobile manufacturer (although we would welcome their sponsorship) as its nickname would suggest, but has been named for its three distinctive consecutive V-shaped notches near the top of the dorsal fin.

This shark is 370cm (just over 12 feet) long female individual spotted at first in August 1998.

Bent Dorsal

Again, the photograph illustrates best the origin for the name of this 330cm (11 feet) long male White Shark.

He was observed only three times since August 1999 when he was first observed, but he seems to come back after long absences from Dyer Island...

1308

The White Shark Trust does usually not give names to the recorded sharks, we assign each shark a four digit identification number. With over 700 sharks identified so far, it would be impossible and futile to give each one a name

A 310cm (just over10 feet) long female shark observed 12 times since September 1999.

Cut Dorsal

This shark has been recorded over 30 times since it was first sighted in November 2000. Her dorsal fin was normal when this 390cm (13 feet) long female shark was first sighted.

In 2001, she suffered an injury in the front of her dorsal fin, and subsequently, the top of her dorsal fin bent over completely.

We would like to invite you to support one or several White Sharks through this program. Your investment into the ongoing research of White Sharks is:
Individual

(per shark and for one year)

African countries 1500 ZAR
America 500 US$
Europe 500 €
United Kingdom 350 UK£
Australia / Asia 500 US$
Company

Organisation

(per shark and for one year)

African countries 15000 ZAR
America 5000 US$
Europe 5000 €
United Kingdom 3500 UK£
Australia / Asia 5000 US$

To acknowledge your valuable contribution, we will send you:

  • A personalized Support-A-Shark certificate recognizing your commitment to White Shark research and conservation;
  • An information sheet about the shark you have chosen to support;
  • Updates and photographs when the shark is observed;

All correspondance will be handled via eMail. In order to join the "Support-A-Shark" program, you have to have access to eMail.

Which Great White Shark would you like to support?

Please tick (left check boxes) one or several sharks to support the White Shark Trust...

Parasite
Step
Bent Tail
VW
Bent Dorsal
1308
Cut Dorsal
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