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Whale sharks: boat strikes in protected areas could be harming the animals' development

By Daire Carroll, PhD Researcher in Microbial Ecology, University of Warwick
Jessica Harvey-Carroll, PhD Researcher, University of St Andrews
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The biggest fish in the ocean, whale sharks, are incredible animals. They can reach lengths of over 18 metres and weigh more than 19,000kg. Each shark has a unique pattern of spots on its body, like a fingerprint.

The number of whale sharks in our oceans has been in decline for years and as a result the species is endangered. Recently, efforts to conserve the animals through ecotourism

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