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Whale Sharks of Qatar FAQ's



Q: Why people not allowed to swim with the Whale Sharks?
A: Whale Sharks are known to be sensitive to chemicals including sunscreens. At the same time, any chemical-based sunscreen or other cosmetics can harm plankton, reducing the amount of food available to Whale Sharks.
Discover Qatar, being a responsible operator, implement a few safety measures with the sole purpose of protecting the Whale Sharks and their habitat: no swimming with Whale Sharks, no touching or feeding.
 
 
Q: Why it is not allowed to take photos and will the photos taken by the photographer be free of charge?
A: Due to the sensitive area in which the Whale Sharks congregate, photography by the general public is prohibited. That’s why guests will be required to sign a waiver stating that they cannot take photographs in the sensitive area, and will be required to submit any photography devices to the Discover Qatar guide for safekeeping. All devices will be returned once the tour has left the sensitive area.
Daily Explorer and Private Charter will have a professional photographer on board, who will share the photos after the tour. The photos will be available free of charge. Details of how the photographs will be shared with guests will be provided separately.
 
 
Q: How is this tour different from the same tour in Maldives, Australia or other places?
A: Qatar is home to one of the largest congregations of Whale Sharks in the world, returning every year. During this period, there are often of over 200 Whale Sharks feeding, creating a fascinating sight to behold. In many other places, the Whale Sharks are migrating, and in smaller numbers you may see one or two passing through. The chances to meet whale sharks are much higher here in Qatar than in most other places, and in much larger numbers.