· Shark horror: Gentle giant whale sharks have hundreds of little teeth on their EYEBALLS →
Whale sharks may seem like gentle giants, trawling the tropical oceans for plankton and small fish to feed on.
· Mediterranean marine life flourished during lockdown: Italian coastguard →
A pod of sperm whales was spotted in the blue waters of the Sicilian sea near the port of Milazzo and dolphins replaced container ships in ports in northwestern Liguria.
· Why we need sharks: the true nature of the ocean's 'monstrous villains' →
Mysterious and often misunderstood, the shark family is magically diverse – from glowing sharks to walking sharks to the whale shark, the ocean's largest fish.
· In brief: Artifact; The Museum of Whales You Will Never See; A Woman Like Her – review →
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· Illegal wildlife trade remains one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. But have we learnt any lessons? →
Closer home, a few months back, a disturbing sight of a whale shark carcass, found without the fins and tail on a Goa beach, suggested that urgent action is needed when it comes to protecting animals in the wild.