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Shark populations hit by huge declines even in world's remotest seas

Silvertip sharks swim in the waters off the Chagos Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean.
Mar 8 2018

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by Mark Kaufman

When swimming in the waters of the isolated Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, a half-dozen sharks would sometimes surround Francesco Ferretti.

"You are in another world," said Ferretti, a marine ecologist at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. "You feel like you're in one of the last remaining paradises of the planet."

The medium-sized reef sharks here are harmless (to humans). The coral is vibrantly colored. The water pure.