Whale sharks off the Pacific coast of Mexico

This has been my toughest one ever: Oceanic adults, coastal juveniles: tracking the habitat use of whale sharks off the Pacific coast of Mexico. Deni showed me the raw tracks back in 2010 at the Sharks International conference in Cairns and ever since then I have been working on this (on and off) with a great group of people. Very happy to see this finally published!

From one of the reviewers: This article is one of the first attempts to elucidate ontogenetic shifts in habitat use and behavior of whale sharks, a long overdue exercise due mainly to the lack of individuals other than immature males at most coastal aggregation sites.

And here‘s the author interview with Deni.

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Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji

Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji published in Scientific Reports a few days ago really is Kerstin’s work! Kerstin has taken on the challenge to collect the data for her Masters thesis in Fiji. With the help of Beqa Adventure Divers she has visited numerous villages all over Fiji and collected a plethora of data. See also Mike’s blog.

Congratulations to you, Kerstin! She’s now moving to the University of the South Pacific to do her PhD there. I have no doubts that we will see more good stuff coming from there in the next few years!

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Of Shark & Man

Congratulations to David Diley for his masterpiece Of Shark & Man! Much more on this on Mike’s blog.

And thanks, David, for sending these questions!

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Shark attacks and shark diving

See here. Background and summary on Mike’s blog.

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Bull shark teeth

First watch this. And then read this: Characterizing the bull shark Carcharhinus leucas habitat in Fiji by the chemical and isotopic compositions of their teeth. See also on Mike’s blog.

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Shark Reef Marine Reserve – it’s done!!!

This is a big, big day for shark conservation in Fiji (and in general)! The Shark Reef Marine Reserve is now a National Marine Park. Thank you Mike!

Details here.

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Know your instruments

Happy to share this with you: Know your instruments: ensuring that depth and temparture data from pop-up satellite archival tags are reported correctly.

The supplementary files can be found here.

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