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Whale Shark Woes

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Conservation Field Notes Indonesia Marine Biology Microplastics Plankton Research in Action Shark Science Whale Sharks

By Elitza Germanov   I study the impacts of plastic marine debris on large filter-feeding fish. So far my research has been focused on manta rays, in field locations that have predictable, year-round aggregations. But the story is different for whale sharks. In my current research locations, I would be extremely lucky to catch a […]

Record-breaking citizen science in Raja Ampat

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Field Notes Indonesia Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Volunteer

By Steph Venables   Masks on. Regs in. On my count, one, two, three, go!   It’s hard to beat the excitement just before a dive, especially if it’s a survey dive at a manta aggregation site. Will we see mantas? How many? Will they stick around? Will they be new individuals, or old favorites? […]

Madagascar: Whale Sharks In The Land Of Lemurs

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Field Notes Madagascar Research in Action Shark Science Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce   Madagascar isn’t just about lemurs and chameleons. Although to be fair, it’s quite a bit about lemurs and chameleons.   Chameleon. He comes and goes.   And a giant day gecko, because OMG.   Now that I’ve got them out of my system…   Madagascar is a global biodiversity hotspot. After […]

Whale Shark & Entourage: All The Pretty Fishies

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Field Notes Mafia Island Photo Essays Research in Action Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce     One of the fairly unique things about Mafia Island, Tanzania is the sheer number of fish that are frequently associated with the whale sharks.     The sharks, and the small fish, are all chasing the same prey: small (~1 cm) sergestid shrimps. When the shrimp move inshore over summer, […]

Event Horizon: Whale Sharks & Trichodesmium

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Field Notes Mafia Island Photo Essays Research in Action Tanzania Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce   On one day during this year’s field season on Mafia Island, Tanzania we had a pretty weird and epic experience.  There was a huge bloom of Trichodesmium cyanobacteria.   What is Trichodesmium? Well, I Googled it so you don’t have to.   Everybody knows that Trichodesmium is the only known diazotroph […]

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