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French Research Team Offers Fascinating Insight Into Reef Shark Behaviour

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French research team Blancplain's latest expedition is currently visiting the southern pass of Fakarava atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in French Polynesia.

The Gombessa IV expedition, led by Laurent Ballesta, is studying the ecology and, for the first time, natural feeding behaviour of grey reef sharks. With a unique annual gathering of some 18,000 camouflage groupers and as many as 700 grey reef sharks, Ballesta and his team are building on observations from their 2014 Gombessa II expedition, which originally set out to study the reproduction of the groupers.

Their mission is documented with video blogs from both above and below the surface, with interviews with Ballesta and his team along the way. A new blog is uploaded at 6pm CEST every day.

To follow their current expedition, or look back on some of their earlier adventures, visit their most excellent website where you can find live updates to their video blog

For an in-depth introduction to the Gombessa IV expedition, check out their 'Genesis' video below





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