Gyotaku Prints Made by Japanese Fishermen Help Track Endangered Species

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For centuries, fishermen in Japan have been creating ink prints of fish in a practice known as Gyotaku. Originally used to record catches or brag about them in front of others, Gyotaku later became a recognized art form. Now, a new study led by two Japanese biologists has found a new use for the fish prints as a research tool for examining marine biodiversity and tracking extinct species.

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