This is the tiger shark from a side view. Credit: Courtesy of Nick Filmalter/Danah Divers
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 06:33 PM PDT
A new study has yielded the first ever continuous, two or more-year satellite tagging tracks for tiger sharks. This study reveals remarkable, and previously unknown, migration patterns more similar to birds, turtles and some marine mammals than other fishes. Long believed to be mainly a coastal species, the tiger sharks, in fact, made more than 7,500 kilometer, round-trip journeys every year between two vastly different ecosystems — the coral reefs of the Caribbean and the open waters of the mid-North Atlantic. Furthermore, they returned reliably to the same overwintering areas each year, a discovery with significant conservation implications….
Isabela’s dorsal fin. Image taken in Chile’s Gulf of Corcovado in 2006. Credit: Courtesy of Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete/Blue Whale Center