• Recreational snorkeler logs a whale shark sighting © Jim Abernethey

  • Céline Cousteau and Samantha Whitcraft, Ecuador © Jennah Caster

  • Galapagos sharks at Kicker Rock © Samantha Whitcraft


Shark Savers

Shark Savers is a non-profit conservation organization founded in 2007 by scuba divers dedicated to saving shark and manta populations through awareness, education and action. TreadRight and Contiki supported the SharksCount program, teaching divers and travellers about sharks and shark conservation.


Fast Fact

Sharks are so integral to the health and natural balance of marine ecosystems that their continued decline may have devastating effects on the entire ecosystem

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The Objective

Increasing protections for sharks requires information about local populations. However, even the most basic necessary data is often absent or missing.

Divers see sharks the most frequently and regularly and are often familiar with local trends, but rarely have the training or tools to accurately and consistently record these valuable sightings in a way that can be useful to shark conservation and advocacy.

SharksCount seeks to close an important data gap by enabling divers to act as “citizen scientists for sharks.” Over time, these sightings provide essential information about local shark population trends with the potential of improving protections for sharks.

The Impact

Contiki created a customised 11-day Galapagos and Ecuador trip with environmentalist Céline Cousteau, to educate travellers about the fragile ecosystems of the region and inspire them to help protect and preserve the diverse cultures and marine life of the islands.

Travellers were introduced to the wonders of diving and snorkelling with sharks, while learning to respect and help protect sharks, globally. Contiki donated 100% of the profits from the trip to the SharksCount program, along with a contribution from TreadRight.


The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Céline Cousteau

Celine Cousteau

By partnering with Céline Cousteau, Contiki Holidays continues its efforts to raise awareness amongst their travellers and team about ocean conservation and sustainable tourism. In addition to helping get this important message out, Contiki's partnership with Céline helps build on the achievements of current TreadRight initiatives with both Oceana and Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Leaders, while receiving valuable guidance along the way.
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