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Tourists’ photos could aid whale shark research

Whale shark and surfer. (Credit: lotuspilgrim/Flickr) http://www.flickr.com/photos/lotuspilgrim/6775643372

Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish, but the body of scientific knowledge surrounding them is surprisingly small. But researchers at the University of Florida say tourists armed with cameras may be a new source of data about the gentle giants, often seen in the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn more about whale shark photographs and their use in scientific research.

Full story at Futurity.

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