Tracking the elusive whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea

By Natalie Kikken June 27th, 2018

They're elusive, whale sharks, so we're keeping an eye on them using satellite tracking to see how far they travel and, in a world first, taking DNA samples to see just how old they are. Here they are on Ningaloo reef.
diver looking down through blue waters at whale shark

Using satellite tags to discover where whale sharks travel to and how deep they go.

We are conducting a world first by collecting DNA samples from the whale shark population at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, to determine their age, while also unlocking the secrets of where they travel to and how deep they go. This is part of our Ningaloo Outlook project, a $5.4 million, five-year project in partnership with BHP to understand more about the diverse marine ecosystem.

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Read more about the research on CSIROscope and via our news page.

 

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