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May 29, 2016
Study: Sharks have personalities
Sydney (UPI) May 27, 2016
For the first time, scientists have documented unique individual personalities in Port Jackson sharks, a nocturnal, egg-laying species of bullhead shark found along the coast of southern Australia. Biologists from the Macquarie University observed measurable and consistent differences in the way individual Port Jackson sharks responded to various stressors and foreign environs. They detailed these individual personality differences in the Journal of Fish Biology. "Over the past fe ... read more

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