Movement and behavioural patterns of whale sharks

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Abstract

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
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Martins Sequeira, Ana, Supervisor
  • Pattiaratchi, Charitha, Supervisor
  • Meekan, Mark, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date11 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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