After almost three decades of filmmaking and guiding in some of the world’s most extreme environments, Jonathan Green knows a thing or two about survival. He’s endured freezing oceans in the Arctic and Antarctica, blizzards in Patagonia, and man-eating piranhas in the Amazon. But for much of the year, Jonathan’s survival instincts are tuned to the preservation of a larger and altogether more vulnerable world traveler: the magnificent, enduringly mysterious whale shark.
In 1999, a decade after he began guiding dive trips in the Galapagos Islands, Jonathan co-founded the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, an acclaimed scientific partnership dedicated to the study and conservation of these gentle plankton-feeders, which bear the distinction of being the world’s largest fish. Female whale sharks regularly visit the Galapagos’ Darwin Island between July and November, and Jonathan and his team are here every year – tagging and monitoring these graceful giants, in one of the most ambitious marine migration studies ever undertaken.
Read more about Jonathan in the S&S 2015/2016 Profile.