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Whale Shark Hot Spot Offers New Conservation Insights

Whale Shark Hot Spot Offers New Conservation Insights

Whale Shark Hot Spot Offers New Conservation Insights

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are considered endangered, which means the species has suffered a population decline of more than 50% in the past three generations. The whale shark is only two classifications from being extinct. Improvements and conservation efforts are in place, but there is still a long way to go to protect these gentle underwater giants. Read more >>> Read more

Shark skin microbiome resists infection

Shark skin microbiome resists infection

Shark skin microbiome resists infection

A survey of the shark skin microbiome provides the first step toward understanding the remarkable resilience of shark wounds to infection. In the wild, blacktip reef sharks are often seen bearing wounds, but they rarely exhibit obvious signs of infection around the wounds. As a first step toward understanding this phenomenon, an international team led by researchers at KAUSTs Red Sea Research Center investigated the microbial community living on the skin of sharks. Read more >>> Read more

Giant clams trap marine plastics

Giant clams trap marine plastics

Giant clams trap marine plastics

Giant clams take up a large fraction of marine microplastics, which could help explain the mystery of the plastic that is "missing" from the Red Sea. Researchers at the Red Sea Research Center have shown previously that the Red Sea has relatively low amounts of floating plastic debris in its surface waters, yet the reason for this has remained elusive. Read more >>> Read more
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