First estimate of whale sharks in the Gulf

The first estimate of the population of mature whale sharks in the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman1, has been produced by an international research team and a citizen science initiative.

The researchers conducted field work with ‘Sharkwatch Arabia’ to study the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), the largest known fish considered to be endangered worldwide. The study provides the first specific knowledge of the population ecology of mature whale sharks in the region and shows that they are still vulnerable to fishing and ship propellers.

“This study provides the first baseline information, providing an overview as well as a population assessment that future projects can compare against,” says lead author David Robinson, from the Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom and Sharkwatch Arabia, United Arab Emirates. read more

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