WHALE SHARK STUDIES

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Thanks;Dr. Rachel Graham of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Emma Hickerson of NOAA’s

Tracked Whale Shark Confirms Connectivity

August 19, 2009–Tracked whale shark confirms connectivity between the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and the northwestern Gulf of Mexico

Establishing marine protected areas is considered a means of stemming the decline in marine species and the habitats they need to survive. However, the biological connectivity of these areas, often created in isolation and located rather far apart, has not generally been considered or demonstrated across man-made boundaries.

As the world’s largest fish, whale sharks are known to be long distance migrators, linking ocean basins together in the course of their travels. One particular whale shark has now been found to link the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Western Caribbean with the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

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In 2008, the Wildlife Conservation Society, working with local partners CONANP in Mexico, tagged a female whale shark…

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