See Whale Sharks in St Helena

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Little St Helena, a remote Atlantic island and British overseas territory, is one of the most significant whale shark spots known to science. It’s the only known place in the world where both male and female adults are found, suggesting that the waters off this isolated isle are a key mating environment.

What’s more, St Helena is ideally located between the two main subpopulations of whale sharks – those in the Indo-Pacific region and those in the northwest Atlantic. How are these populations connected? How are they different? Scientists have no idea, but this little drop in the ocean makes for an interesting whale shark study.

Visit in January or February for the best whale shark sightings. The island is tiny and remote, so book well in advance if you plan to visit, as international flights can be few and expensive.

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