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Tighter controls urged for manta ray tourism

September 2nd, 2016

Murdoch researchers are calling for tighter controls on manta ray tourism

A new study by Murdoch University has called for tighter control of the manta ray tourism industry at Ningaloo reef. Honours student Stephanie Venables and researchers from the Murdoch University Coral Bay Research Station developed a case study of manta ray tourism management in the region. Five dedicated manta ray tour vessels now operate daily […]

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It’s not just Ningaloo: whale sharks shown to favour much of the WA coastline

April 5th, 2016

Whale shark (Pic by Brad Norman)

New research published in the journal Pacific Conservation Biology reveals whale sharks are distributed further along the WA coastline than previously understood.

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Whale shark school race gets underway

August 4th, 2015

Brad Norman tagging a whale shark with a satellite tracker (Picture courtesy Samantha Reynolds - ECOCEAN)

A whale shark researcher from Murdoch University is giving WA school students the opportunity to participate in a ground breaking project which could help to solve the mystery of whale shark migration.

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Student teacher draws on scientific experience to lead whale shark project

June 17th, 2015

Dr Andrew Nield and Professor Lyn Beazley

A Murdoch University education student is taking the lead on a whale shark tagging project which will see pupils from schools across WA follow the progress of several of the majestic fish.

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Funds needed to unlock mysteries of the deep

March 13th, 2014

With the Sculpture By the Sea exhibition captivating city dwellers this month, Western Australian researchers are using the opportunity to raise awareness about whale shark conservation.

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Science and industry join forces to unveil manta ray mysteries

September 10th, 2013

Manta rays are hard to miss —big, black and stretching up to seven metres wide, but scientists are concerned about the survival of the world's largest ray.

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Feeding habits of Ningaloo stingrays in the spotlight

May 6th, 2013

A new study has shed light on the diets and feeding habits of Ningaloo’s stingrays, information which has never been documented before. “As meso-predators, stingrays are an important link between the top and bottom of the food chain,” said Dr Owen O’Shea, of Murdoch University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. “They are ‘engineers […]

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Emerging whale shark ‘crisis’ in China

July 24th, 2012

A study involving Murdoch University and Shandong University at Weihai has found distressing trends in the catch and trade of threatened whale sharks in China.

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Murdoch University study finds Ningaloo’s manta rays likely to hit endangered list

January 20th, 2012

The popular manta rays that attract nearly 12,000 visitors to Ningaloo Marine Park each year are under serious threat of hitting the endangered list, a study co-authored by Murdoch University has found.

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Whale sharks save energy to stay afloat

November 26th, 2010

For the past four years, three researchers, including one from Murdoch University, have led an international team to investigate the movements of whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

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