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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 […]

Sustainable Seas Conference

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Conferences and Symposiums Conservation Education Manta Rays Mozambique Sea Turtles Tofo Beach Whale Sharks

By Charlie Endsor   As the end of the first quarter of 2017 started to draw to a close, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to take stock and thank our Ocean Ambassadors and Tofo community for their continued hard work in protecting our ocean resource. We also wanted to engage with all stakeholders […]

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 […]

Tagging Amazingly Huge Whale Sharks in the Galapagos Islands

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Features Galapagos Marine Biology Photo Essays Research in Action Shark Science Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce   Roll off the boat, swim frantically to the bottom, cling to a rock. Welcome to diving at Darwin Arch, Galapagos. There’s a lot of water moving past this place. I know that the conditions I had on the last dive, just a couple of hours ago, are no preparation for what […]

Meet the Team: Herculano Cumbi

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Conservation Education Manta Rays Mozambique Sea Turtles Tofo Beach Whale Sharks

Herculano Cumbi, Conservation Field Officer at Associacão Megafauna Marinha, MMF’s entity in Mozambique   When was your first experience with the ocean? When I was around 8 years old I started going to the ocean with my mother to find seafood for our family. Clams, mussels and crab. Fishing is important – not just to […]

The Madagascar Whale Shark Project

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Behaviour Conservation Mozambique Research in Action Tofo Beach Whale Sharks

By Stella Diamant   Nearly two years ago, I swam with whale sharks off Nosy Be, the north western coast of Madagascar, for the first time. As a conservation biologist in between two jobs with a passion for marine megafauna – I organised a last minute trip to this well-known tourist destination the following year. […]

4th International Whale Shark Conference

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Conferences and Symposiums Conservation Whale Sharks

By Alexandra Watts   Last week (16-18 May 2016) saw the 4th International Whale Shark Conference (IWSC4) in Qatar, which the Marine Megafauna Foundation’s (MMF) whale shark researchers have been preparing for since the abstract submission in January. For many of our researchers, this was one of many similar conferences they have presented at – old hands […]

Diving into the gene pool

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Conservation Manta Rays Research in Action Whale Sharks

By Steph Venables   As field scientists, problem solving comes naturally – it is an integral part of our everyday lives, especially when working in remote locations – and as conservationists, we are continuously looking for more innovative and efficient ways to solve these problems. This is where conservation genetics comes in. Conservation genetics is […]

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