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20 New Ocean Species Found in Indonesia

20 New Ocean Species Found in Indonesia

Twenty new species of sharks and rays have been discovered in Indonesia in a five-year survey of catches at local fish markets, Australian researchers said Wednesday.

The survey by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, represents the first in-depth look at Indonesia's sharks and rays since Dutch scientist Pieter Bleeker described more than 1,100 fish species from 1842-60.

Researchers said six of their discoveries have been described in peer review journals, including the Bali Catshark and Jimbaran Shovelnose Ray, found only in Bali, and the Hortle's Whipray, found only in West Papua.
Papers on the remaining 14 are being prepared.
"Indonesia has the most diverse shark and ray fauna and the largest shark and ray fishery in the world, with reported landings of more than 100,000 tons a year," said William White, a co-author of the study. "Before this survey, however, there were vast gaps in our knowledge of sharks and rays in this region."
From 2001 to 2006, researchers photographed and sampled more than 130 species on 22 survey trips to 11 ports across Indonesia. More than 800 specimens were lodged in reference collections at the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense at Cibinong, Java, and the Australian National Fish Collection at Hobart.
The survey was part of a broader project working toward improved management of sharks and rays in Indonesia and Australia, researchers said.
"Good taxonomic information is critical to managing shark and ray species, which reproduce relatively slowly and are extremely vulnerable to overfishing," White said in a statement. "It provides the foundation for estimating population sizes, assessing the effects of fishing and developing plans for fisheries management and conservation." BREITBART.COM - 20 New Ocean Species Found in Indonesia

What get's me is they have not even discovered the 2 legged sharks walking on land here.....the Professor knows the breed I am talking about.
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3/4 of the Earth is covered with water and we've only explored in detail the top 50 ft or so within a couple of miles of land. There are probably thousands more species of oceanic animals out there. And there maybe whole new classes of life, like the tube worms and such.

With Indonesia being a sprawling, tropical archipelago and extremely tectonically active, I'll bet the oceans are as peculiar in their animal communities as the islands are in plant and animal life -- rich, rich diversity. Is there much ecological research done by Indonesians? I know lots of westerners have worked the country for a couple hundred years but I don't recall seeing anything published by Indonesians.
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^^^^Is there much ecological research done by Indonesians? No, due to knowledge, not giving a shit and lack of financial rewards as well as lack of abilities to rip someone off of huge sums of mulla.
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Perhaps you confuse the science of ecology with the religion of environmentalism.

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No. YOU are confused.

Man is killing the planet. Rainforest is being destroyed at a rate of a million acres a second and every 10 minutes 3000 species go extinct.

Australia will be under water in 4 days as all of the worlds ice melts due to American pickup trucks. The ice in my iced latte is melting as I type this because of global warming. I am dreading having to fish drowned polar bears out of my cup.

Baby harp seals are no longer harping and the harlequin shrimp is not funny anymore.
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No. YOU are confused.

Man is killing the planet. Rainforest is being destroyed at a rate of a million acres a second and every 10 minutes 3000 species go extinct.

Australia will be under water in 4 days as all of the worlds ice melts due to American pickup trucks. The ice in my iced latte is melting as I type this because of global warming. I am dreading having to fish drowned polar bears out of my cup.

Baby harp seals are no longer harping and the harlequin shrimp is not funny anymore.
cat's and dogs, sleeping together!

Were talkin' disasters of Biblical proportions, Mr Mayor.

But Lenny, think of the voters if this works!
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No. YOU are confused.

Man is killing the planet. Rainforest is being destroyed at a rate of a million acres a second and every 10 minutes 3000 species go extinct.

Australia will be under water in 4 days as all of the worlds ice melts due to American pickup trucks. The ice in my iced latte is melting as I type this because of global warming. I am dreading having to fish drowned polar bears out of my cup.

Baby harp seals are no longer harping and the harlequin shrimp is not funny anymore.
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