The Waa Whale Shark Research and Discovery Center is the brainchild of Volker Bassen, founder of the East African Whale Shark Trust (EAWST). Established in 2005 the EAWST was formed after recognizing the need to protect whale sharks off the Kenyan coast. The Waa Whale Shark Research and Discovery Center is situated between Mombasa and Diani and was chosen for it’s unique location. The sanctuary is located in a natural bay where many whale sharks have been spotted throughout the years and is unique in many ways. It is the world’s largest whale shark enclosure, 100 times the size of the world’s largest Whale Shark Aquarium in Georgia/USA that currently holds 4 whale sharks. The sanctuary will also serve as the first rescue and rehabilitation center for injured marine animals in Africa.