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June 2014    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 29, No. 6   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Let Sleeping Sharks Lie

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We divers like to think we do no harm when we descend upon a resting shark, but these guys need their sleep and we may be disrupting it.

So says Mateus Baronio, a scientist at Southern Cross University in Australia, who has spent five years studying grey nurse and leopard sharks around in Byron Bay with a state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The $50,000 machine enabled Baronio to quietly get within inches of the fish and observe their breathing habits as they slept....


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