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Do they stay or do they go? Acoustic monitoring of whale sharks at Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia

Norman, B.M., Whitty, J.M., Beatty, S.J., Reynolds, S.D. and Morgan, D.L. (2017) Do they stay or do they go? Acoustic monitoring of whale sharks at Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia. Journal of Fish Biology, 91 (6). pp. 1713-1720.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13461
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Abstract

Whale sharks Rhincodon typus were monitored via acoustic transmitters at the northern end of Western Australia's Ningaloo Marine Park to establish the extent to which the species inhabits the region beyond the whale-shark ecotourism industry season, which usually extends from March to August in each year. Despite the vast majority (c. 98%) of photographic submissions of R. typus from Ningaloo Reef being between March and August, acoustic detections from the tagged R. typus at Ningaloo were recorded in all months of the year, but do not preclude the occurrence of extended absences. It is concluded that as a species, R. typus occurs year round at Ningaloo, where it generally remains in close proximity to the reef edge, but that some individuals move outside of the detection range of the array for extended periods.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
Freshwater Fish Group & Fish Health Unit
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc
Copyright: © 2017 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/38839
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