Acoustic Monitoring of a Previously Unstudied Whale Shark Aggregation in the Red Sea

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/273075
Title:
Acoustic Monitoring of a Previously Unstudied Whale Shark Aggregation in the Red Sea
Authors:
Cochran, Jesse ( 0000-0002-6027-5052 )
Abstract:
The whale shark (Rhincodon, typus), is a large, pelagic, filter feeder for which the available information is limited. The Red Sea populations in particular are practically unstudied. An aggregation site was recently discovered off the western coast of Saudi Arabia. We report the use of passive acoustic monitoring to assess the spatial and temporal behavior patterns of whale sharks in this new site. The aggregation occurs in the spring and peaks in April/ May. Whale sharks showed a preference for a single near shore reef and even a specific area within it. There is no evidence of sexual segregation as the genders were present in roughly equal proportion and used the same habitat at similar times. This information can be used to guide future studies in the area and to inform local management. Continued study will add to the collective knowledge on Red Sea whale sharks, including the population dynamics within the region and how they interact with the global whale shark community.
Advisors:
Berumen, Michael L. ( 0000-0003-2463-2742 )
Committee Member:
Kaartvedt, Stein; Skomal, Greg
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Program:
Marine Science
Issue Date:
Jan-2012
Type:
Thesis
Appears in Collections:
Marine Science Program; Theses; Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division

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dc.contributor.advisorBerumen, Michael L.en
dc.contributor.authorCochran, Jesseen
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-16T07:46:10Z-
dc.date.available2013-03-16T07:46:10Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/273075en
dc.description.abstractThe whale shark (Rhincodon, typus), is a large, pelagic, filter feeder for which the available information is limited. The Red Sea populations in particular are practically unstudied. An aggregation site was recently discovered off the western coast of Saudi Arabia. We report the use of passive acoustic monitoring to assess the spatial and temporal behavior patterns of whale sharks in this new site. The aggregation occurs in the spring and peaks in April/ May. Whale sharks showed a preference for a single near shore reef and even a specific area within it. There is no evidence of sexual segregation as the genders were present in roughly equal proportion and used the same habitat at similar times. This information can be used to guide future studies in the area and to inform local management. Continued study will add to the collective knowledge on Red Sea whale sharks, including the population dynamics within the region and how they interact with the global whale shark community.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.titleAcoustic Monitoring of a Previously Unstudied Whale Shark Aggregation in the Red Seaen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
thesis.degree.grantorKing Abdullah University of Science and Technologyen_GB
dc.contributor.committeememberKaartvedt, Steinen
dc.contributor.committeememberSkomal, Gregen
thesis.degree.disciplineMarine Scienceen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
dc.person.id113369en
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