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Deep-diving behaviour of a whale shark rhincodon typus during long-distance movement in the western Indian Ocean


Brunnschweiler, J M; Baensch, H B; Pierce, S J; Sims, D W (2009). Deep-diving behaviour of a whale shark rhincodon typus during long-distance movement in the western Indian Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, 74(3):706-714.

Abstract

A whale shark Rhincodon typus satellite tagged off the coast of Mozambique showed a highly directional movement across the Mozambique Channel and around the southern tip of Madagascar, a minimum distance of 1200 km in 87 days. Dives to depths well into the mesopelagic and bathypelagic zones (1286 m maximum depth) were recorded in a bathymetrically non-constraining habitat. The water temperature range recorded during the fish's movement was 3·4–29·9° C

Abstract

A whale shark Rhincodon typus satellite tagged off the coast of Mozambique showed a highly directional movement across the Mozambique Channel and around the southern tip of Madagascar, a minimum distance of 1200 km in 87 days. Dives to depths well into the mesopelagic and bathypelagic zones (1286 m maximum depth) were recorded in a bathymetrically non-constraining habitat. The water temperature range recorded during the fish's movement was 3·4–29·9° C

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Uncontrolled Keywords:deep diving; dive behaviour; foraging; migration; ocean stratification; satellite tagging
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:09 Apr 2009 20:31
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 22:47
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0022-1112
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2008.02155.x

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