New research shows whale sharks can recover from injury and even re-grow dorsal fins

It has now been revealed by new research that whale sharks have the ability to heal damaged tissues and re-grow dorsal fins with impressive speed.

Scientists can track individuals and monitor how each shark is recovering from wounds due to their unique patterns on their skin.

Freya Womersley, study lead from the research team at The University of Southampton, says that they were able to determine that the sharks can heal from grave injuries within weeks and months. The whale shark’s also has the ability to regrow severed dorsal fins, regenerating not only the tissue but the original markings and spots of the injured fin.

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