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Field guides: marine life



field guide to great white sharks

For many of us, the great white shark is the stuff of Spielberg-inspired nightmares. Rob Allen, a director of the Shark Conservation Society gives
us the lowdown on this fascinating and frequently misunderstood animal

Field guide to whale sharks


Whale sharks may be the largest fish in the sea, but they are also one of the most mysterious. Wild Travel magazine asked James Hancock from the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme to share what is known about this gentle ocean giant


Field Guide to Orcas


Also known as killer whales, orcas are renowned for their finely tuned hunting skills, but this is only part of the story, says Rob Lot, policy manager for the Whales
and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS). Here is his guide to these complex ocean predators and what you need to consider before booking a trip to see them in
the wild.

Field guide to right whales


Once targeted by commercial whale hunters, the right whale is making a slow recovery, with three species spread across the world's oceans, writes Regina Asmutis-Silvia from Whale and Dolphin Conservation 




One of the world's most striking and intirguing marine species, manta rays are both highly sociable and intelligent. Katie Lee-Brooks, head of operations at the Manta Trust, introduces this icon of the oceans