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April 7th, 2014

Camrin and Simon back from a few days in the Farasan Banks, Saudi Arabian Red Sea. We took a break from tagging mantas and whale sharks to dive on reefs that were made famous by Jacques Cousteau 50 years ago. The reefs are still in good shape, although the lack of reef sharks is in stark contrast to Cousteaus’s original underwater footage from this area. More soon on a whale shark aggregation that we have discovered here in the southern Red Sea and why it is potentially significant to whale shark populations throughout the global ocean.


Farasan Banks Cam Al Lith


March 4th, 2014

Camrin Braun has a new paper out in PLoS ONE on the diving behavior of reef mantas in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea.  The data comes from pop-up satellite archival transmitting (PSAT) tags that have revolutionized our understanding of the vertical and horizontal movements of large ocean animals over the last 15 years. You can check it out here:

Diving behavior in Manta Rays – Braun et al.

The work was conducted as part of Cam’s Master’s thesis work while at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), working with Prof. Michael Berumen.  More to come on these fascinating rays soon!


Jan 16th, 2014

Li Ling Hamady successfully defended her PhD thesis the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography – congratulations!!  She also has just published a paper in PLOS ONE on extreme longevity in northwest Atlantic white sharks that you can check out here:


The article has attracted a lot of interest from the media, including this report from the BBC -



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