Meet the world’s biggest fish – the whale shark.

Despite its massive size, it feeds mostly on plankton. The distribution of whale sharks indicates the presence of plankton and the overall health of our oceans, which we heavily depend on. Read on to discover more.

The whale shark is the largest shark and indeed the largest of any fish alive today. While the maximum size of this species is not known, they can reach the length of a school bus!

These gentle marine giants roam across the tropical oceans of the world, generally alone. However, large numbers of whale sharks often gather in areas with abundant plankton food—making them prime tourist attractions. Because whale sharks feed on plankton, they will travel large distances to find enough food to sustain their huge size, and to reproduce.

Their white spotted colouration makes these gentle giants easy to distinguish, and are popular with snorkelers and divers at sites where they gather off the coast.

However, the whale shark is facing big challenges today. 

These majestic creatures, which are an IUCN endangered species, are at risk from being caught as bycatch and struck by ships, and are still hunted in some parts of the world for their fins and meat.

Poorly managed whale shark tourism also presents a threat to the species as it may interrupt their feeding and sharks can be injured by boat propellers, highlighting the importance of responsible tourism practices.

To secure the future of this species and safeguard the health of our oceans, WWF is working to protect whale sharks.

WWF experts continue to study shark habits and gather information in the Coral Triangle on individual sharks by using satellite tags, sonar devices, and digital cameras to create further protection for whale sharks. In addition, we support whale shark studies to learn more about the population, their habitat use and migratory pathways in the waters surrounding Mafia Island, Coastal East Africa.

As the world celebrates Whale Shark Day on 30th August, discover how you too can play a part for nature and whale sharks.

How you can help

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The whale shark is the biggest fish and shark in the world. These gentle marine giants roam the oceans around the globe, generally alone. However, large numbers of whale sharks often gather in areas with abundant plankton food.

Discover more about WWF’s work

Our mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. Find out how we aim to achieve this through our nine global goals.
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NPAQ along with WWF and TWS and many conservation groups, including QCC,  thank you in advance for participating in the Protecting Queensland Campaign – to build a world-leading protected area system for Queensland!

It’s been months in the making with numerous conservation groups and countless great people providing input.

Download the Media Release:
Queensland protected area alliance position paper (NPAQ Conservation)

Download:
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Most wildlife-rich state in Australia is now seriously at risk, and immediate action is needed to grow and better manage protected areas.

The associated environmental groups have today released a new six-point plan calling on the Palaszczuk Government to act urgently on protected areas, as Queensland increasingly lags behind other states.

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It’s now an inescapable reality: climate change is here.

This is a turning point, but there’s still time to act. In a month’s time, people in Australia and around the world will demand a Fossil Free future. On every continent we will stand together and say — enough is enough.
As temperatures rise, so do we.

Support #RiseForClimate on September 8. 

350.org has  just released a video on climate impacts people are facing around the world right now. Watch and SHARE it and let’s get people making the links between rising temperatures and extreme weather, climate change, and what they can do.

Share the #RiseForClimate video on Facebook.

The extreme heat experienced around the world over the past few weeks has broken untold records. Lives have been tragically lost in heat waves in Japan and wildfires in Greece1, 2, whilst Ouargla in North Africa reached a staggering 51.3C and unprecedented fires have burned across the Arctic circle3, 4. California has experience the world’s hottest rain ever recorded and is in the grip of the largest and most expensive wildfire the state has ever seen.5, 6

In Australia, we continue to see the devastating impacts of drought and its impact on our farmers and their livestock. Malcolm Turnbull has finally admitted this drought is linked to climate change… even if he’s not going to do anything about it.

But we are. We’re going to Rise and demand more from local leaders all over the world.

Will YOU Rise with us? 

Your support will help us achieve over 30 actions and events around Australia on September 8 calling on decision-makers locally for commitments on climate change.

Here is just  some of what is in store:

  • In Sydney, people will sail through the harbour and call for climate action;
  • In Canberra, a rally with a dinosaur theme demanding the federal government stop putting the ‘coal’ in COALition;
  • In Brisbane the Pacific Island community will hold a festival calling on the Brisbane City Council to divest from fossil fuels and move to #StopAdani;
  • Darwin will focus on the threat of fracking in the Northern Territory;
  • And in Coffs Harbour, watch for the “Big Sun” symbolising a 100% renewables future in front of the Big Banana.

There will be many more!

Climate scientists have been taken aback by the severity of the heatwave we’ve seen these past weeks, but “hothouse earth” is not our destiny – if we act now.7

Bold action on climate change couldn’t be more urgent. But whilst we’re starting to see a shift in climate leadership from national governments — like the Irish government divesting from fossil fuels last month8, the pace is painfully slow.

So that’s why 350 is working with organisations around the world to call on local decision-makers everywhere  to take a lead in building the Fossil Free future we need. Local leaders can do their part to keep fossil fuels in the ground, demand an end to new coal, oil and gas projects like Adani and build a just, 100% renewably-powered future.

They can, and they have to.

Together, let’s Rise for Climate Action!

In solidarity,

Andrew, for the 350 Australia team

References:

1) Japan heatwave: Death toll climbs to 80

2) Extreme heat, wildfires and the cost of climate change

3) It Was Absurdly Hot in North Africa Yesterday

4) There Are Wildfires Burning in the Arctic Circle Amid Sweden’s Record-Breaking Heat Wave

5) Largest wildfire in California history to burn for rest of August

6) World’s hottest rain fell in California, setting new record

7) Terrified by ‘hothouse Earth’? Don’t despair — do something.

8) Irish parliament makes history with vote to divest country fully from fossil fuels

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Sunday 2nd September, 8:00am – 11:00am

We are almost into Spring and Bribie’s Wallum heathland is bursting with buds and a promise for a wonderful Walk through the Wonders of the Wallum on Sunday 2nd of September between  8:00 am and 11:00 am.

PUT THIS IN YOUR CALENDAR.

Wonders of the Wallum
Download the poster with all the information you will need for this year’s walk . . . WFW POSTER 2018
We look forward to seeing you on 2nd September loitering amongst Bribie’s Wallum Heathland.
With best wishes
BIEPA Wildflower Walk Committee
Respect Ramsar – Birdlife Australia
Despite over 1500 submissions calling for the Ramsar wetlands at Toondah Harbour to be protected, the Australian Government has failed to reject the latest Toondah Harbour development proposal.

A proposal that will see high-rises and a marina built on Ramsar wetlands and will significantly endanger Eastern Curlew feeding habitat.

The proposal now moves to the next stage of the approval process and is one step away from setting a dangerous precedent for future developments within Australia’s 66 other Ramsar sites.

Join our campaign calling on the Australian Government to #RespectRamsar and uphold our international commitments.

Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling some of Australia’s Ramsar listed sites to highlight what is at stake if the development at Toondah Harbour progresses.

Every state and territory has at least one Ramsar site, with many only a short drive from major city centres. You may have visited one of these sites and not even have known that it was internationally recognised as one of the world’s most important sites.

What happens at Toondah Harbour could open the rest of these sites up to future developments and will send a clear message to Australia and the international community that developing within Ramsar wetlands is justifiable and achievable.

Too much is at stake.

Please, join us in letting the Minister of Environment know that Australian’s want Ramsar sites respected.

Thank you for raising your voice,

Andrew Hunter

Conservation Campaigner

Birdlife Australia