Whale Sharks Vulnerable to Boat-Related Injuries

Whale sharks frequently filter feed along the ocean’s surface. This video — captured by Georgia Aquarium field researchers — reveals how whale sharks are vulnerable to boat-related injuries. Some of the whale shark individuals in this region off the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula had tattered dorsal fins, shredded skin and scars. Conservation efforts include having boat speed limitations in known whale shark feeding areas, such as this ‘afuera’ zone.

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