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

J M Brunnschweiler, H Baensch, S J Pierce, D W Sims
Journal of Fish Biology 2009, 74 (3): 706-14
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 degrees C.


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