Who We Are

The Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center (WSORC) operates one of the few, year-round whale shark monitoring and research centers in the world. Our devoted team work tirelessly at maintaining and restoring the unique…

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WSORC is sworn to preserve Utila’s aquatic natural resources through education by increasing the public’s awareness of a marine ecosystem that is one of Central America’s natural wonders.

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Our mission is to facilitate the scientific community’s research within Honduran waters while educating the eco-tourist and locals alike in an effort to benefit both the environment and humanity for years to come.

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Whale Shark Encounters

The Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center offer you this bucket list opportunity to swim with the largest living fish in the ocean, the whale shark.  WSORC pride ourselves in promoting responsible interactions with whale sharks and follow encounter guideline procedures to avoid harassment of the shark and help make the most of your encounter experience.

Join us on our mission to protect the whale sharks and promote responsible eco-tourism!  By joining us on one of our unique whale shark encounter trips you will be supporting our efforts to promote responsible interactions with whale sharks and protecting this extraordinary species.

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Whale Shark Encounters

Swim alongside the gentle giants of the sea!


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