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The Bird's Head Seascape, a rich repository of the world’s most diverse marine life, rare birds, mammals, insects and plants, comprises 183,000 sq km, encompassing over 100 villages in West Papua, Indonesia.
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Discovery afoot: New study cracks mystery of how ‘walking’ sharks split

By Kiley Price – Conservation International: Republished with Permission A type of shark that has long captivated scientists and divers for its preferred mode of underwater travel — walking — just got even more interesting. Researchers have found that walking sharks are collectively the “youngest” — as in, the most recently evolved — sharks to ever walk (or swim) the planet....
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New Research Identifies Walking Shark as Most Recently Evolved Shark on Earth

Jakarta, Indonesia (January 20, 2020) – Today, a new paper from Conservation International, the University of Queensland, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, the Australian CSIRO and the University of Florida, published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Research, confirms walking sharks are the most recently evolved shark species on Earth. The findings contradict long-held perceptions...
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Announcing the Bird’s Head Seascape Manta ID Photo Contest

The more mantas we know, the more we will know about mantas! Help the BHS Mantas and win the trip of a lifetime aboard one of Indonesia’s premiere liveaboards. In commemoration of the BHS Manta ID Database’s 1000thentry, the BHS has decided to run a contest.  The grand prize will go to the person who submits the most distinct manta ID images. Additionally the grand prize winner, along with...
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Bird's Head Seascape Governmental AuthoritiesPemerintah Propinsi Papua Barat (Province of West Papua)Kementerian Kehutanan Republik Indonesia (Department of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia)Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan Republik Indonesia (National Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries)Kabupaten Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat Regency)Kabupaten Kaimana (Kaimana Regency)Kabupaten Tambrauw (Tambrauw Regency)Kabupaten Nabire (Nabire Regency)Kabupaten Teluk Wondama (Wondama Bay Regency)Taman Nasional Teluk Cenderawasih (Cenderawasih Bay National Park)