Region’s scientists spotlight plight of whale shark

Trinidad & Tobago

Researchers say whale shark’s tourism appeal might be key to its conservation. (Photo by Shutterstock)

Dení Ramírez was born and raised in Mexico City, but she and other members of her family were avid scuba divers who often spent vacations exploring the Caribbean. In 1998, when she was 20 years old, she moved to La Paz, capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur to study marine biology at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur. There, she met and fell in love at first sight with the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), the world’s largest extant fish. She asked her professors for information on the shark, which is found in tropical waters around the world, but discovered there was a dearth of research on the enormous, filter-feeding fish, which can grow to over 12 meters (39 feet length... [Log in to read more]

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