Movement and behavioural patterns of whale sharks

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My thesis aims to investigate the drives of whale shark movement patterns by mapping the firstdistribution of this species through the northern Arabian Sea and overlaying horizontal positions withoceanographic data. Secondly, I analyse a high-resolution, long-term track, linking vertical andhorizontal movements to water temperature and frontal zones, as well as identifying thermoregulatorybehaviours. Lastly, I demonstrate the importance of whale sharks on the nitrogen availability incoastal and open ocean locations. Additionally, I model the potential population declines of thisspecies over the last 125, highlighting changes to nitrogen availability as a result of these declines.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Martins Sequeira, Ana, Supervisor
  • Pattiaratchi, Charitha, Supervisor
  • Meekan, Mark, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date11 Mar 2024
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023


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