Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thresher Sharks at Cleaning Station!

Amazing pic by Jean-Mariel Ghislain of Shark Revolution!

Wonderful footage!
It is from the Monad Shoal off Malapascua and depicts Pelagic Threshers being cleaned by two species of Cleaner Wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus and Thalassoma lunare.
This behavior is the topic of the research by the good people of The Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project who have recently published their findings in this open source paper. Good stuff and very nice presentation, too - click on the various figures in light blue, or check out the entire layout here!
Should you not have the time to read it in its entirety, consult the nice recaps by the BBC and by Richard.


The following footage is equally amazing.
It shows Threshers hunting small Fishes and trying to swat and stun them with their tail - e.g. at 1:27!


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