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Whale Shark Conservation Crowdsourcing
2013-02-09 07:06:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new variety of crowdsourcing, a researcher from Imperial College London is using vacation snapshots to track the movement of whale sharks. This study, published in the journal Wildlife Research, is the first to show that publicly sourced photographs are suited to conservation efforts. During scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions in the Maldives, tourists frequently take underwater pictures of the whale shark — the...

Whale Sharks Studied Using Metabolomics
2012-11-17 05:56:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The metabolite homarine is a useful indicator of the health status of whale sharks, according to new research from experts at the Georgia Aquarium and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Dr. Alistair Dove, the Director of Research & Conservation at Georgia Aquarium and an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech, and colleagues, discovered that the concentration of homarine in the serum was a major difference between...

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2011-05-26 10:10:18

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are often thought to be solitary behemoths that live and feed in the open ocean. Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and colleagues, however, have found that this is not necessarily the case, finding that whale sharks can be gregarious and amass in the hundreds to feed in coastal waters. Aggregations, or schools, of whale sharks have been witnessed in the past, ranging from several individual sharks to a few dozen. However this new research, which involved...

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2011-02-07 11:35:00

A new study has found that whale sharks could be even bigger than previously recorded. Scientists working in Mozambique have developed a new method of measurement using a camera mounted with lasers. Previous estimates put the world's largest fish at up to 60 feet in length, but accurate details of the fish have been difficult to obtain in the past. Researchers believe regular measurements will reveal more about the lifecycles of the whale sharks. The scientists' findings are published in...

2009-09-24 12:41:00

20 openings available to tag sharks in Baja California LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica today announced that they are organizing a shark-tagging research expedition to Baja California in October 2009. The organization is actively seeking up to 20 scuba divers/snorkelers from the Southern California community as a means to educating consumers to the challenging processes of today's ocean preservation efforts. Departing the L.A....

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2009-03-11 08:55:00

According to the Associated Press, a group of activists in the Philippines have rescued a whale shark the size of a forearm, believed to be the smallest offspring of the world's largest fish. The 15-inch-long whale shark was found with its tail tied to a small rope on a beach last week in Pilar town in the eastern Philippines.  According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the fish was "arguably the smallest living whale shark in recorded history." The shark was loosed from the rope and...

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2008-11-17 14:25:00

A marine biology crew has managed to record a whale shark - the world's biggest fish - expelling food waste, which was then scooped up for research. The sample has helped us discover more about the giant creature's feeding habits, said biologist Mark Meekan. The footage will be available as part of a BBC Natural World wildlife program called, "Whale Shark". Closely related to great whites, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is far less fearsome as they are only filter feeders, swimming with...

2008-07-22 15:00:00

BOULDER, Colo., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Budget-conscious travel doesn't have to mean forgoing safari dreams -- or sustainable travel goals. Award-winning ecotour provider Natural Habitat Adventures suggests setting your safari sights on Mexico, where favorable exchange rates and airfare deals boost value. "Mexico has an amazing range of wildlife, including some unique opportunities with rare and endangered species," says Natural Habitat Adventures founder and director Ben Bressler. "And...

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2005-10-06 17:40:00

Computer software developed by astrophysicists to locate stars and galaxies in the night sky could help save the whale shark - whose spotted skin is like a starry sky - from extinction, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology. Together with Australian marine biologist Brad Norman and JAVA programmer and software specialist Jason Holmberg, astrophysicist Dr Zaven Arzoumanian of the Universities Space Research Association and NASA's...