Whale Shark Effects

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Tourism is a huge industry in today’s economy, however due to this it can have long lasting effects on the animals it involves. Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the biggest animals in our oceans and have a docile personality which attracts tourists every year, however in recent studies it has shown that viewings of the whale shark can cause it stress resulting in behavioural changes. The stress caused on the whale shark can have different effects on the whale shark which can interrupt their feeding, breeding and their lives in general. These are proven in studies that I have looked at, including a paper, by Angela Quiros, that studied the whale shark behaviour whilst being observed by tourists in boats and in the water. It also looked at if the tourists and…show more content…
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