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Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Swarms Decoded

What’s a huge group of whales called? Why do clouds of gnats go after open wounds? Learn more in this week’s column on animal swarms.

How Much Do Whale Sharks Cost?

The sun was still high in the sky as we made our way to the first lift net boat. The fishers, who had been resting after nights of fishing, indicated that there was indeed a whale shark swimming under their platform and got a few bags of small anchovies to feed the whale shark as…

World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Protects Cook Islanders’ ‘Guardians’

The Cook Islands established the world’s largest continuous shark sanctuary last month, enforcing heavy fines on violators who are found with any part of a shark on board their vessel in the 1.997 million sq. km (771,000 sq. miles) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The sanctuary protects all sharks from targeted fishing and aims to prevent possession, sale, and…

Mission Blue: Tracking Whale Shark Wanderings

University of Southern Mississippi ecophysiologist Eric Hoffmayer received a National Geographic Society/Waitt grant to tag and track whale sharks in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Last June while diving with Sylvia Earle and a filmmaking team led by Bob Nixon, Hoffmayer witnessed roughly 100 of the sharks–the largest gathering ever recorded of this, the world’s…

A Whale Shark of an Opportunity Lost in Hawaii

By Amanda Nickson and Julie Arner The whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean. A favorite of many nature lovers, a mature adult is roughly the size of a school bus — weighing more than 20 tons on average and measuring up to ten yards in length. This massive stature and the fact that…

New Havens for Manta Rays, Whale Sharks

Here’s good news from the Indian Ocean: Three new marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Maldives will help shelter exquisite manta rays, along with whale sharks, the ocean’s largest fish. The newly protected waters also harbor an abundance of other reef sharks. Maldives Environment Minister Mohamed Aslam announced the MPAs to commemorate World Oceans Day…