A FORMER Queen’s Park High school student is to give a fascinating insight into the mystery of the world’s largest shark.
Jonathan R Green, now a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, is project manager of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project.
Living in Ecuador, he is to give the talk to the Society of Thirteen during a brief family visit to Chester.
It will take place in the Grosvenor Museum on Monday (April 22) at 7.30pm.
Mr Green is following in the footsteps of pioneering scientist Charles Darwin in carrying out research in the Galapagos Islands.
He has worked as a professional diver with whale sharks for more than two decades.
The prehistoric sharks are the world’s largest fish and derive their name from their size which can reach 60ft in length with a weight of up to 60 tons.
Although they have 3,000 teeth they mainly feed on plankton.
His interest in underwater photography led to the start of a project with whale sharks to learn more about the fish,
“The more I began to learn about this species the more I realised that we know virtually nothing about its natural history,” he explained.
“I proposed a project to begin tagging individuals to discover their movements in and around the Galapagos Marine Reserve and their migratory routes worldwide.
“This species could provide a real life Jurassic Park study case.”
Jonathan trained as a naturalist with the Galapagos National Park Service in 1988. He leads photo workshops and expeditions to Africa, Antarctica, the Arctic, Indonesia South America.
Entry is £3 for members and £6 for non members.