The Whale Shark is one of the most majestic of all marine life. Growing up to 40 feet (12m), weighing up to 20 tonne yet like its name sake mammal, feeds on the oceans smallest, plankton.
The RUN for the REEF Initiative has set is sights on unlocking the unknowns about Whale Sharks and its relationship with the Great Barrier Reef.
RUN for the REEF is unique research initiative funded by runners of the Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon and Solar Care CITY RUN.
The RUN4REEF initiative is also funded by Federal Government and works in conjunction with worlds leading reef science institution James Cook University.
RUN for the REEF and its events have five (5) objectives:
1. Raise awareness of the value of the Great Barrier Reef
2. Raise awareness of the fragility of the Great Barrier Reef
3. Raise funds to support specialised research projects
4. Create a Great Barrier Reef Ambassadorship Program with all participants in the events
5. Promote the importance of health
In partnership with James Cook University, RUN for the REEF is currently funding research into the relationship the MEGA MOUTH species have with the Great Barrier Reef.
MEGA FAUNA as they are known represent the giants of the ocean; the Manta Ray (Manta) and the largest of all the fish species, the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
Added to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Endangered Species List in July 2016 the research undertaken by the RUN for the REEF funded project is uniquely important.
Mantra Ray and Whale Sharks are filter nutrient feeders. Our researches want answers to the following questions.
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