To Madagascar and back: long-distance, return migration across open ocean by a pregnant female bull shark Carcharhinus leucas

Lea, JSE; Humphries, NE; Clarke, CR; Sims, DW. 2015 To Madagascar and back: long-distance, return migration across open ocean by a pregnant female bull shark Carcharhinus leucas [in special issue: FSBI Symposium. University of Plymouth, U.K. 27–31 July 2015] Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6). 1313-1321. 10.1111/jfb.12805

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Abstract/Summary

A large, pregnant, female bull shark Carcharhinus leucas was tracked migrating from Seychelles across open ocean to south-east Madagascar, c. 2000 km away, and back again. In Madagascar, the shark spent a prolonged period shallower than 5 m, consistent with entering estuarine habitat to pup, and upon return to Seychelles the shark was slender and no longer gravid. This represents an unprecedented return migration across the open ocean for a C. leucas and highlights the need for international collaboration to manage the regional C. leucas population sustainably.

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Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Lea, J. S. E. ; Humphries, N. E. ; Clarke, C. R. ; Sims, D. W. . 2015 To Madagascar and back: long-distance, return migration across open ocean by a pregnant female bull shark Carcharhinus leucas. Journal of Fish Biology , 87 (6). 1313-1321., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12805. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Additional Keywords: geolocation; parturition; philopatry; PSAT; satellite telemetry
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Ecosystems and Environmental Change > Movement ecology, behaviour and population structure
Depositing User: Professor David Sims
Date made live: 28 Sep 2016 08:17
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:17
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/7192

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