Meet Adam Stern:
Adam is shown in the footage above and is one of a handful of people who have swum with a Whale Sharks on the Great Barrier Reef. Adam is the current Australian Free Diver Champion and is based in Cairns.
"Whale Sharks need our help please give generously to help the Run for the Reef Research Team find out why these spectacular creatures have mysteriously reduced in numbers across the planet."
Mega Mouth Fauna Project
Whale Shark and Manta Ray Project
The Reef’s most iconic species is in trouble!
As of 14 July 2016 the majestic Whale Shark have was added to the UNESCO’s Endangered Species List and we have breakthrough evidence of significant gatherings of juvenile pods on the northern reefs of the Great barrier Reef.
Register to fundraise now and let you, your family and friends raise money for vital research that will:
- help us discover why international Whale Sharks numbers have dropped so much that they have been added to the Endangered Species List
- help us find out why these unprecedented juvenile Whale Sharks are gathering on the Great Barrier Reef
- help bring about worldwide recognition of the Great Barrier Reef as a juvenile Whale Shark Sanctuary
Some things you will want to know
What do I do?
Simply click on Start Fundraising and follow the prompts. Its easy and quick!
What is the JCU Run for the Reef Research Fund?
The landmark Research Fund was established to fund a new era of dynamic frontline research projects to protect tomorrow's Great Barrier Reef.
The Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival and James Cook University in a historic agreement created the Fund with the intention to mobilise the world’s running community to RUN for the REEF.
Join the revolution! Ask your friends and family to help your RUN for the REEF!
Where does the money I raise go?
All the money raised via Everyday Hero goes directly to the Run for the Great Barrier Reef Fund (R4TF). No administration fees are expensed thanks to the commitment by our major legacy partner, James Cook University
This year the volunteer Board made up of the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Team, James Cook University’s Executive and elected independent professionals voted to invest the R4TF Funds into a long term project to unlock the mysteries around one of oceans most iconic species, The Whale Shark and its Mega Fauna cousin, the Manta Ray aptly called Mega Mouths.
The worlds leading marine scientists believe there is vital information needed to:
help us discover why international Whale Sharks numbers have reduced so much to have been added to the Endangered Species List
help us find out why these unprecedented juvenile Whale Sharks are gathering on the Great Barrier Reef
help bring about worldwide recognition of the Great Barrier Reef as a juvenile Whale Shark Sanctuary
Previous Projects funded by R4TF
Dwarf Minke Whale Project – read more
Coral protection from Crown of Thorns Sea Star - read more
Whale, turtle and sea life protection from mirco-plastics - read more
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Yes Everyday Hero is Australia’s largest fund raising platform and use accredited payment methods.
Meet the biggest fish in the world, the whale shark. Despite being a shark that can grow over 12m long (40ft) and weigh over 20 tonnes, they don't have big teeth. Instead, they have about 3000 very very tiny teeth. Similarly to the baleen whales (e.g. humpbacks), they are filter feeders. Here you can see these huuuge individuals sucking in big mouthfuls of water to extract the plankton. I was recently lucky enough to film and photograph the largest known aggregation of whale sharks on the planet off the coast of Mexico. Having a school bus sized animal swim towards you out of the blue is certainly a feeling I'll never forget!