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<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><meta name="ProgId" content="Word.Document"><meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Word 11"><meta name="Originator" content="Microsoft Word 11"><link rel="File-List" href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5CJennifer%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtml1%5C01%5Cclip_filelist.xml"><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="place"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="PlaceName"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="PlaceType"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="City"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="State"></o:smarttagtype><style></style><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Biologists at the <st1:placetype w:st="on">University</st1:placetype> of <st1:placename w:st="on">Southern Mississippi</st1:placename>?s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Ocean Springs</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:state></st1:place>need your help now more than ever!<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">The oil slick is already inan area of high whale shark occurrence. Based on their feeding mechanisms andthe amount of time they spend feeding at the surface, an interaction with thisoil could be fatal to these sharks. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">It is pivotal to monitor thepresence and distribution of whale sharks in the northern <st1:place w:st="on">Gulf of Mexico</st1:place> at this time! If you encounter a whale shark, pleasehelp by participating in GCRL?s ONLINE WHALE SHARK SIGHTINGS SURVEY.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">To Report a Sighting:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Please complete the surveyat http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/whaleshark <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Information that is helpfulto us includes:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></p><ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: Arial;">Time and duration of encounter<o:p></o:p><li class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: Arial;">Location (GPS coordinates)<o:p></o:p><li class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: Arial;">Approximate size and number of sharks<o:p></o:p><li class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: Arial;">Observed behavior<o:p></o:p><li class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: Arial;">Associated species<o:p></o:p><li class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: Arial;">Photos/video (especially of the region behind the gill slits on the left side of the animal?this is used for identification) <o:p></o:p><li class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-family: Arial;">Any other distinguishing features (i.e. numbered marker tags located behind the dorsal fin?please notate number)<o:p></o:p>[/list]<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: navy;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Your participation is greatlyappreciated and vital to a better understanding of whale shark movements andhabitat in the <st1:place w:st="on">Gulf of Mexico</st1:place>. Thank you.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Now join us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/whalesharkresearch<o:p></o:p></p>
 
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