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Competing Interests

Fernando Cagua, Neal Collins, James Hancock and Richard Rees are employees of the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme; Neal Collins is an employee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Fernando Cagua is a member of the MWSRP scientific advisory board.

Author Contributions

Edgar Fernando Cagua performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Neal M Collins performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

James Hancock conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Richard Rees conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding the deposition of related data:

http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.989364

Funding

Funding for this research was made possible through the generous donations from MWSRP volunteers, sponsorship by Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, and programmatic and financial support from the IUCN Global Marine Program and Global Blue. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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