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Sharks: Meet the seagrass protectors

A tiger shark above seagrass. Scientists have found a surprising link between the two.

A tiger shark above seagrass. Scientists have found a surprising link between the two.

Credit: FIU


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Marine scientists have studied tiger sharks in Shark Bay, Australia, for 15 years.

Marine scientists have studied tiger sharks in Shark Bay, Australia, for 15 years.

Credit: Mike Heithaus, FIU


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Researcher Michael Heithaus with a study subject. Sharks are important in marine ecosystems.

Researcher Michael Heithaus with a study subject. Sharks are important in marine ecosystems.

Credit: FIU


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Attaching a satellite tag to a shark

Biologist Michael Heithaus attaches a satellite tag to the fin of a shark.

Credit: FIU


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A sea turtle swims through a bed of seagrass in Shark Bay, Australia.

A sea turtle swims through a bed of seagrass in Shark Bay, Australia.

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Years after a 2011 heat wave, a once-lush seagrass bed still struggles to recover.

Years after a 2011 heat wave, a once-lush seagrass bed still struggles to recover.

Credit: James Fourqurean, FIU


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