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UBC marine biologist has won the world's top award

BY , May 13, 2020 1:39 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

In this Jan. 18, 2014 photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that had been tracking the whales. The endangered southern resident killer whales in the Salish Sea off the southern coast of British Columbia will see enhanced protections this year, the federal government says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Elaine Thompson

A University of British Columbia marine biologist has won the world's top award for animal conservation.

UBC says Amanda Vincent won this year's Indianapolis Prize for her trail-blazing work to protect seahorses and other marine life.

It says Vincent is the first marine biologist to win the prize that recognizes conservationists who've made significant progress in saving a species from extinction.

Vincent says she's thrilled to receive the closest honour someone can get to a Nobel Prize in animal conservation.

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