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Whale sharks: boat strikes in protected areas could be harming the animals’ development

The biggest fish in the ocean, whale sharks, are incredible animals.

They can reach lengths of over 18 metres and weigh more than 19,000kg. Each shark has a unique pattern of spots on its body, like a fingerprint.

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The number of whale sharks in our oceans has been in decline for years and as a result the species is endangered.

Recently, efforts to conserve the animals through ecotourism have been severely impacted by the pandemic.

Marine protected areas (MPAs), where human activities like fishing are restricted, are an important tool when it comes to the…

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