Does Bathymetry Drive Whale Shark Aggregations?

Author(s): Joshua Copping
Masters Thesis, University of York
Keywords: Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus, Aggregations, Bathymetry, Driver


This study examines the bathymetry in areas R. typus aggregation events occur, with the aim to understand whether bathymetry influences aggregations. The research carried out shows there are similarities in bathymetry between aggregation sites, significantly different from other coastal areas within R. typus’ global range. This study concludes that bathymetry does influence Rhincodon typus aggregations and has assisted in filling in the knowledge gaps in previous research.

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