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Researchers from Australia’s tropical marine research agency the Australian Institute of Marine Science, are developing new ways to study the world’s largest fish in the ocean, using the smallest of clues.

A team of researchers has been leading a study in the waters off Western Australia during this year’s whale shark season, trialling the latest methods to monitor their movements.

AIMS fish biologist Dr Mark Meekan said even at Ningaloo Reef, one of Australia’s whale shark ‘hotspots’, the animals were challenging to study.