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Counting Adults by Studying Offspring

One of the most difficult tasks in shark conservation is estimating population numbers, particularly for the large pelagic sharks that spend much of their time out of sight. For animals such as white sharks, where protection is controversial because of the public fear associated with shark bites, population assessments are even more critical.

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You Are What You Eat

Large filter-feeding marine animals, like the whale shark and manta ray, are most commonly observed feeding near the ocean surface on blooms of zooplankton.  Recent techniques make it possible to determine the precise food sources of these animals, without relying on what can be limited observation.

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Some Good News for Sharks!

We hear so much bad news about sharks – populations of many species have declined to historic lows, finning occurs in numerous countries, bycatch continues to threaten shark species, shark fishing tournaments are conducted for sport here in the U.S.  When a bit of good news about sharks comes along it seems natural to be encouraged that perhaps the situation is turning around.

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