Giving sharks safe homes

Scientists help to understand and protect sharks and coral reefs

By Mark Schrope, 00:00 AM November 25, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small bicolor damselfish swim above a patch of Acropora coral in the Line Islands.

 

Small bicolor damselfish swim above a patch of Acropora coral in the Line Islands.

 

Kevin Lafferty/USGS

 

Being surrounded by sharks may sound like a bad thing, but scientists say sharks are actually a good sign of ocean health. Even knowing that, Enric Sala, a marine ecologist and National Geographic Fellow, was a little nervous when he first dived at Kingman Reef. It's the heart of a massive, newly protected area south of Hawaii now called the Pacific Remote Islands Marine Nationa...

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