• When sharks are fished-out from coral reefs, fish body shapes change

    3 monthes ago - By National Geographic

    Sounds kinda weird.. but studying nearly identical coral reef systems off Australia, my collaborators and I discovered something unusual on the reefs subjected to nearly exclusive fishing of sharks-fish with significantly smaller eyes and tails. This provides evidence of body shape changes in fish due to human-driven shark declines from overfishing.
    For these reef fish, eye size is critical for detecting sharks, especially under low-light conditions, and tail size is important for escaping sharks with burst speed. Graphic: Hiram Henriquez and Alberto Cairo, University of Miami
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