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Thursday, September 30, 2010

A singular discovery provides clues to whale sharks breeding - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)



A singular discovery provides clues to whale sharks breeding - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

To read about an important new discovery regarding whales sharks which could help scientists increase their population levels in the World's oceans please click on the link above.  

"The whale shark has a very widespread distribution, occurring in all tropical and warm temperate seas, except in the Mediterranean. During the day, they spend most of their time feeding near the surface, preferring sea surface temperatures around 21-30°C, they often go deep at night and when traveling, reaching depths of more than 700 m."

The whale shark is a filter feeder sieving enormous amounts of plankton through its gills as it swims. After closing its mouth, the shark uses gills rakers, thousands of bristly structures about 10 cm long, that clean the captured prey from its gills. Anything that doesn't pass through the gills is eaten. (source:http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=47 

"Some biological characteristics, such as large size, slow growth, late maturation and extended longevity, probably limit recruitment and make whale sharks susceptible to overexploitation. These characteristics also suggest that populations are slow to recover from any overfishing. The whale shark is listed as "Vulnerable" with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) [a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that assesses the conservation status of species]. The whale shark is listed by the AFS (American Fisheries Society) as conservation dependent (reduced but stabilized or recovering under a continuing conservation plan) in both the U.S. Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. However, it is considered not at risk in the Gulf of California. In the Maldives and Philippines there is legislation banning all fishing for whale sharks. This protection was introduced because of the possible serious impact that the fishery may be making on whale shark stocks. "

Source:http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Gallery/Descript/Whaleshark/whaleshark.html   Source of image: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_MxD6aDem18s/S-98sYoJ8dI/AAAAAAAAAfk/wu7iTocug-M/s1600/WhaleShark_front.jpg

Here is a short video about Whale Sharks which was produced by the National Geographic Society: source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQrBwN39LJI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQrBwN39LJI

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