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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 […]

The problem with plastic

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Microplastics Plankton

One of the biggest killers of marine megafauna is the amount of plastic in the oceans. This can be anything from plastic bags to plastic bottles to the microbeads found in some toothpastes and body scrubs.     It might seem surprising that something as small as microbeads can be so harmful to animals like […]

Microplastics & Megafauna in the Land of the Dragon

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Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Microplastics Plankton Research in Action

By Elitza Germanov   Plankton nets, sample tubes, scuba gear and underwater camera equipment accompanied me on my way to Labuan Bajo, the jump off for Indonesia’s famous Komodo National Park (but not without a stop at the access baggage fee counter).   The mission? Assessing the state of microplastic pollution in the manta ray […]

Shrimps and hungry sharks

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Conservation Mafia Island Plankton Tanzania Whale Sharks

The Marine Megafauna Foundation has lead a whale shark research project in Mafia Island, Tanzania since 2012. With support from WWF Tanzania and in collaboration with KAUST and TAFIRI, we have been studying the whale shark aggregation off this beautiful, quiet island in the Indian Ocean. Whale shark sightings here are quite reliable, and we […]

Whale sharks in hot water

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Plankton Research in Action Whale Sharks

by Chris Rohner   It is hot here. 46°C in the shade, of which there is not all that much on our small boat. No breeze either, the water surface is flat. We are considering to jump into the 34°C warm ocean to cool off a bit. This is Qatar in summer.   Swimming in […]

It’s a comb, but not as you know it!

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Behaviour Mozambique Plankton Tofo Beach

by Steph Venables   It’s time to talk plankton! Our first mini creature feature stars for the month are comb jellies, which belong to the phylum Ctenophora…     Ctenophores, Greek for ‘comb-bearers’, have gelatinous bodies with eight rows of tiny hairs called cilia, joined together like a comb and arranged along the sides of […]

Meet The Minis!

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Behaviour Plankton

by Steph Venables   This month at MMF we will be focusing on all things mini, which means plankton and lots of it!   There are millions and millions of tiny plants and animals floating around in the waters of the oceans, most of them invisible to the naked eye. These are plankton, an extremely […]

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