The Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center, referred to as WSORC, was established since 1997 on Utila. Our mission is to increase the presence and availability of researchers in Honduras that work with whale sharks. While also gathering data and carrying out research that will help us better understand Whale Sharks and define how to safely interact with them.
We currently work through four main programs:
- Research- Collecting data on whale shark individuals, oceanic conditions and the surrounding coral reefs to better understand their dynamics
- Community Outreach- Promoting responsible whale shark tourism, raising of awareness of conservation issues, and educating local school children about the sea
- Internship Program- Training volunteers with the skills necessary to pursue marine conservation careers in the Caribbean
- Responsible Ecotourism- Expeditions that educate participants about the marine environment while actively contributing to conservation efforts on Utila.