Marine Megafauna

Node Leader: Dr Adrian Gleiss (

Our researchers investigate many aspects of the ecology and behaviour of those iconic marine species that are synonymous with Western Australia's expansive coastline. Be it Ningaloo's whales, whale sharks or manta rays, or even the dolphins of Shark Bay or the newly discovered sunfish, there are many opportunities to consider.

Current Projects

Marine Mammals

Project Manta

Whale Shark Photo-ID

White Shark research

Bull Shark Research

Sunfish Research

Sawfish Research

Turtle Research

Featured publications:

Norman, B.M., Reynolds, S. & Morgan, D.L. (2021). Three-way symbiotic relationships in whale sharks. Pacific Conservation Biology.

Check out the footage of both host and hitchhikers feeding



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