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Why A Whale Shark's Spots Could Help Save Its Skin

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October 7, 2005
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Computer software developed by astrophysicists to locate stars and galaxies in the night sky could help save the whale shark - whose spotted skin is like a starry sky - from extinction, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology. "This is an example of space technology finding an important application here on Earth," says Dr Zaven Arzoumanian of the Universities Space Research Association and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Credit: Photo : Peter Nicholas / courtesy of Australian Institute of Marine Science

Computer software developed by astrophysicists to locate stars and galaxies in the night sky could help save the whale shark - whose spotted skin is like a starry sky - from extinction, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology.


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