I’m going to shameless co-opt the DSN soapbox for selfish research purposes for a moment. Do you know anyone who lives near Seadrift TX, east of Corpus Christi/West of Houston? I have a satellite tag that came ashore in Espiritu Santo Bay, inside Matagorda Is. and I’d love to get it back. It was on . . . → Read More: DSN community, I need your help
The bubbles around me clear and as I regain my visibility my first thought is how wide is the mouth coming for me. Five feet? Six Feet? Will my whole body fit in there? As the whale shark closes the distance between us mouth first, I’m focused entirely on the size of the beast. It’s . . . → Read More: Whale Sharks and Giant Squids: Big or Bu!!$hit?
Practically nothing was known about the biology of whale sharks up until about 15 years ago. Since that time there has been a veritable explosion of interest in the world’s largest fish. As we have learned more about them, some surprising aspects of their life history have emerged, including a tendency to be far more . . . → Read More: Whale shark ecotourism: the good, the bad and the ugly
In midsummer 2009, under the intense Mexican sun, a whale shark, MXA-182, arrived at Holbox. He is injured. A nasty cut nearly severs his right pectoral fin. His fin eventually heals, but a hole completely through his fin still persists. The hole’s shape earns MXA-182 the nickname of Keyhole. In 2009, Keyhole is at Holbox . . . → Read More: Sharks and lasers, not just for entertainment!
To go with the whale shark news roundup this week, I thought I’d post a video from my group’s whale shark research work in Mexico for Georgia Aquarium and Project Domino. This clip is from 2010 and shows an inquisitive whale shark that breaks from their typical surface feeding behaviour to swim down and investigate . . . → Read More: TGIF – curious whale shark
Whale sharks (in Vietnamese: Ca Ong, literally “Sir Fish”), have been in the headlines quite a bit lately. Here’s a roundup: WA WS, OK? A whale shark was seen far from home back in January; it was around Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Now WA is home to probably the best characterised whale shark . . . → Read More: Sir Fish grabbing headlines, but it’s not all good
It’s getting to that time of year again. It’s hot here in Atlanta, and really hot down in Mexico, where, in between the tropical storms and occasional hurricanes, dog days are settling over the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s also the time when whale sharks begin to gather in big numbers off the coast, not far from . . . → Read More: Spotting the difference between whale sharks
Jenny Schmidt from U. Illinois and her co-authors have uncovered a fascinating nugget of biology of the whale shark in a recent (and Open Access – w00t!) paper in Endangered Species Research. In it, they continue the analysis of embryos collected from a heavily pregnant female first reported by Joung et al. (1996) in a . . . → Read More: Who’s your daddy?
*Ed. Note: Al’s post was selected by the staff at PLoS One as the April Blog Pick of the Month! Awesome Job Al! – KAZ (Oh boy, have I been looking forward to writing this post! This one is 2 years in the making) Like a lot of biologists, I get to see some really . . . → Read More: Inside the Outside
Majestic, no? Hi there DSN readers, nice to meet ya. I want to introduce you to a friend of mine. He’s a little on the big side, but as gentle as they come, unless you happen to be a krill, in which case he. is. the. Holocaust. It’s the whale shark of which I speak. . . . → Read More: What’s black and white and studied all over?