'My Fiji Shark' is a shark adoption program.
The sharks you see here offered for adoption are resident to Fiji and visit the Shark Reef Marine Reserve (SRMR) on a consistent basis. There are over 200 individually named sharks catalogued in the scientific database of the SRMR, we are offering the ones who visit most frequently for adoption. When you 'adopt' a shark, you adopt an individual: one with a name, a personality and a history personally known by the research and dive staff who spend 5 days a week diving with them.
Adoptions are for one year.
Revenues generated from 'My Fiji Shark' will be used to fund research; purchase research materials; create new shark conservation and inshore fisheries management programs; and build an independent Shark Lab to conduct in-country shark conservation research. Our aim is to assist government if and when they will implement their voluntary commitments made at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference. We are not for profit, funds go directly into conservation works.
The Shark Dive
The Shark Dive takes place in SRMR 5 days a week.
The Shark Dive is 3 levels of diving, and feeding occurs at each level. At the deepest levels are the Tigers, Bull, Tawny Nurse, Silvertip and Sicklefin Lemon Sharks; mid-level are Grey Reef and Whitetip Reef Sharks; in the shallows are Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks. While it is possible to see up to 8 species of sharks on a single dive, 6-7 species are present on a daily basis while Tiger Sharks are less frequent visitors to SRMR.
The sharks display 3 different feeding behaviors.
Hand Feed: Hand-feeders will take tuna directly from our hand feeders.
Aerial Feed: Aerialists compete for tuna mid-water as it is dropped from a suspended bin.
Substrate Feed: Substrate feeders will retrieve tuna which has fallen to the ocean floor.
Only a handful of sharks can be 'named' during any given year.
To be given a 'name' they must exhibit a permanent identifiable mark, injury or genetic feature which allows them to be recognized, monitored and entered into the scientific data base of the Marine Park. On each shark dive, BAD's staff and marine biologists observe and record which named sharks are present, their interactions, feeding behaviors and physical attributes notating injuries, pregnancies, mating scars and more.