Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Whale Sharks Data-Ultimate Gliders

Discovers blog for those of you who have not yet "discovered it" is very comprehensive and when they tackle sharks they generally do an excellent job.

Case in point researchers looking into the giant whale shark found they use their great weight to plummet to the oceans depths and rise up again like giant raptors using air currents with little to no mechanical effort involved in the process of movement.

For critters that feed on the oceans smallest lifeforms this makes a lot of sense. Another case for supporting shark research wherever you can, data coming back from next gen sat tags and tracking gear is revealing whole secret worlds of sharks we never knew until now.

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