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Spot A Shark USA Photo

Spot A Shark USA

Underwater image maker Tanya Houppermans has shared an article about a new citizen science project that aims to use images of sharks to assists scientists to study sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus). The site allows photographers to load images and then they can be tracked via subsequent images of the animal.

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Maarten de Brauwer: Time to stop mucking around? Photo

Maarten de Brauwer: Time to stop mucking around?

Scientist and researcher Maarten de Brauwer is studying the impact that divers and photographers have on the marine environment. His most recent paper Time to stop mucking around? Impacts of underwater photography on cryptobenthic fauna found in soft sediment habitats was published in the Journal of Environmental Management earlier this year. In this article, he kindly provides a synopsis of his research and some guidelines about ways in which underwater image makers can help avoid inadvertent environmental damage.

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Paper shows relationships between sea bird populations and reef health Photo

Paper shows relationships between sea bird populations and reef health

A paper published in the journal Nature shows a causal relationships between sea birds populations and reef health. A team from Lancaster University has compared reefs in the Chagos archipelago, some surrounding islands that are rat free, and others on which rats have been introduced. The rat free islands have significantly higher populations of sea birds.

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Japan slaughters 122 pregnant minke whales Photo

Japan slaughters 122 pregnant minke whales

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that International Whaling Commission has reported (pdf) that the Japanese whaling fleet killed 333 Antarctic minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) during last summer’s hunt. 122 of the whales killed were pregnant and 114 were immature. Japan justified the killings by claiming that they needed lethal sampling methods in order to sample age, size and stomach contents. (Image credit: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service)

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Research shows Pacific shark highway Photo

Research shows Pacific shark highway

Researchers from the University of Costa Rica along with Fundación PACÍFICO have successfully proven the existence of a 500 mile “corridor” along which shark populations move between Costa Rica and the Galapagos. The route seems to follow a series of subsurface sea mounts, giving rise to speculation as to whether these serve as navigational references or feeding sites. (Image by Andy Mann/Waitt Foundation/Pacifico)

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Paper catalogs whale shark movements off Madagascar Photo

Paper catalogs whale shark movements off Madagascar

A new paper in the journal Endangered Species Research shows that the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar has emerged as a hot spot for whale sharks (Rhincodon typus). By using the global sightings database, Wildbook for Whale Shark researchers have identified 85 individual sharks, which do not seem to have come from other feeding areas in the Indian Ocean.

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Australian lawmakers enact largest removal of conservation zones in the world Photo

Australian lawmakers enact largest removal of conservation zones in the world

Via some deft political maneuvering, the Australian government has railroaded through new legislation that removes protections from sensitive marine environments. Opponents of the move are calling it the largest unwinding of conservation zones in world history, at least by area, exceeding the Trump administration’s downsizing of two national parks to make way for mining. For updates and ways to protest this decision, please see this thread in the Wetpixel forum.

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