Hawai‘i Uncharted Research Collective's staff and team of volunteer ambassadors are responding to active sightings to collect more in-depth data on individual animals and environmental parameters. Receiving active reports will also assist us with our satellite tagging project in the coming year.
This hotline can be used to report entangled whale sharks in the Hawaiian Islands.
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Hawai‘i Uncharted Research Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that began in Kona in 2017. After years working on the water, the founding research team noticed that whale shark sightings (considered extremely rare) may be occurring more often than previously thought. With tourism increasing in the once sleepy town of Kona, more people are bringing cameras on the water, allowing the studying of this elusive species to become a reality.
We strive to bring the community together. We pair citizen science and education with scientific research and technology to learn more about this relatively unknown species in Hawaiian waters. Through these research efforts we aim to increase awareness and knowledge about whale sharks and inform strong conservation-minded initiatives for their future preservation.
HURC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research organization. Each donation, no matter how big or small, is tax deductible. Below you will find multiple ways to contribute to our research. Together we can learn more about whale sharks and move forward in protecting this amazing species in Hawaiian waters.
If you would like to request information, ask a question, or report a sighting, please fill out the form below. A member of our staff will be in touch!
P.O. Box 3164
Kailua-Kona, HI 96745