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The Internet is an evolving medium, and we may change the terms of this Visitor Agreement from time to time. By continuing to use any of the ECOCEAN Library sites after we post any such changes, you accept the Visitor Agreement, as modified. We may change, restrict access to, suspend or discontinue the ECOCEAN Library, or any portion of the ECOCEAN Library, at any time.
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We welcome links to the ECOCEAN Library. You are usually free to establish a hypertext link to any of the ECOCEAN Library pages so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site by the ECOCEAN Library. Pages linking to the Library should include, to the best of your ability, factually correct information about the ECOCEAN Library and about whale sharks. In other words, please respect the scientific mission of the ECOCEAN Library and help us ensure that only accurate information about whale sharks is disseminated.
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Last updated: June 13, 2008