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We welcome links to Wildbook for Whale Sharks. You are usually free to establish a hypertext link to any of Wildbook for Whale Sharks pages so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site by Wildbook for Whale Sharks. Pages linking to the Library should include, to the best of your ability, factually correct information about Wildbook for Whale Sharks and about whale sharks. In other words, please respect the scientific mission of Wildbook for Whale Sharks and help us ensure that only accurate information about whale sharks is disseminated.
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Last updated: October 4, 2013