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Slideshow gallery: 10 marine species that need protecting

From the North Atlantic ​r​ight ​w​hale to the humble black sea snail many marine species face extinction. Here are those most in need

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The whale shark is the world's biggest fish, and also one of its most endangered (Wikipedia)

Whether it's the world's biggest fish (the whale shark) or smaller species like the​ North American sea snail​ and elkhorn coral, our ocean species are in peril. 

They ​are threatened by over-fishing, illegal trafficking, tourism, climate change, disease and pollution.​ ​The​se​ threats are diverse, manmade and largely preventable. Oceans are sensitive and complex ecosystems where one disruption to the food chain can trigger a crisis affect​ing other​ species. 

This interactive multimedia map shows ​species​ that​ are in urgent need of help if they are to avoid extinction. 

Please click here to see the map in a separate window. 

 

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