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Introduction to Whale Shark Expedition

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is still relatively mysterious. It wasn't fully described in scientific literature until 1829 and, by 1986, there were only 320 recorded sightings of this animal.

Matthew Potenski, a research associate at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Florida, is studying whale sharks found off the coast of Tanzania. His research is already shedding light on these creatures and helping us understand how best to protect them and their habitat.


Whale Shark FAQ 
( About The Species )
Staff of the Shark Research Institute shares its knowledge of whale sharks, one of the largest, and most mysterious, animals on the planet.
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At Sea with a Whale Shark Researcher 
( About The Project )
What's it like to have a job as a marine researcher? Matthew Potenski describes his work at sea and on the ship M/V Kairos.
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On Safari in Tanzania 
( About The Region )
Whale shark researcher Matthew Potenski takes some time off to learn about nearby Tanzania's land-based wildlife.
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Famine or Feast 
( About The Project )
After a very rough start, whale shark researcher Matthew Potenski completes a successful Winter 2007 research season.
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