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New whale shark study utilizes citizen science Photo

New whale shark study utilizes citizen science

A new study in the Journal BioScience utilizes imagery taken by citizen scientists to analyze population, distribution and movement of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus). An application designed by NASA to recognize stars has been used to automatically catalog and identify sharks from images uploaded to the Wildbook for Whale Sharks. Some 30,000 individual encounters with 6,000 shark in 54 countries have been analyzed thus far.

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The deepest fish in the ocean has been described Photo

The deepest fish in the ocean has been described

On Tuesday of this week, scientists released the scientific name and description of the deepest fish in the ocean. Pseudoliparis swirei is a Snailfish that lives at the bottom of the Mariana Trench and was collected at 7,966 meters (nearly five miles) deep. The fish was originally filmed in 2014, but has only now been described. There is one other species of Snailfish living at this depth, that makes an appearance in Blue Planet II, but a specimen has yet to be collected and described.

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Evidence that the largest animal on earth is left-handed Photo

Evidence that the largest animal on earth is left-handed

Scientists have recently found that the largest animals on earth, blue whales, have a preferred lateralization in their movements, and it seems to be for the left side. In a study led by Ari Friedlaender with the University of California, Santa Cruz and Oregon State University three-axis accelerometers were placed on 63 blue whales in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Image from Shutterstock.

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