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Scientists use ultra-light aircraft to tag and track whale sharks off the southern Galapagos Islands for the first time

A multi-institutional team of scientists from the Galapagos Science Center, Georgia Aquarium, MigraMar, the Galapagos Whale Shark Project and the Galapagos National Park Directorate recently concluded a groundbreaking research expedition to tag and track several key migratory marine species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The expedition was supported by the Galapagos Conservation Trust, Rufford Foundation, PADI Foundation and the Royal Society. Working onboard the local fishing vessel Yualka II, over a two-week period, they placed satellite tags on scalloped hammerhead sharks, blue sharks and yellowfin tuna, as part of a larger study to establish their movement patterns and the role of marine protected areas in their conservation. “We know so little about blue shark movements in this region, … Continued Read more