Up to 50 feet in length,
the whale shark is the world’s largest fish. Beloved of the international diving community, these gentle animals have a key role to play in biodiversity. Because they eat vast quantities of plankton, their presence is proof of a healthy marine ecosystem. And their eating habits also benefit those same ecosystems by boosting sunlight penetration and water clarity. Recently, though, whale shark numbers have plummeted due to overfishing, vessel strikes and general environmental degradation. Classified as Endangered in 2016, the whale shark symbolises the crisis threatening our oceans.
In 2022, PROMASTER is launching a new Eco-Drive 200m model. Inspired by the 1982 Professional Diver, it takes its visual cues from the distinctive white spots of the whale shark and the vibrant blue of the seas where it lives. It embodies the passion for marine life and underwater exploration which PROMASTER shares with adventurers worldwide.
The whale shark and the environmental problems around it are the themes of the 2022 Save the BEYOND campaign, ‘Symbol of the Seas.’ We examine the significance of whale sharks and the efforts being made to save them through interviews with marine scientist Gonzalo Araujo, dive instructor Ahmed Nasheed and marine biologist Dr. Mark Erdmann.