Deep-diving behaviour of a whale shark Rhincodon typus during long-distance movement in the western Indian Ocean
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: February 1, 2009