Motivations Behind The ‘Site Fidelity’ of Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) in South Ari atoll and Baa atoll, Maldives

Author(s): Samual Dixon
Masters Thesis, University of York
Keywords: Whale Shark, Rhincondon typus, Maldives Archipelago, Site Fidelity, Environmental Variables


This study looks at two key aggregation sites in the Republic of Maldives to assess what are the primary factors that influence whale shark ‘site fidelity’. At the South Ari MPA, whale sharks predictably occur all year round, whereas at Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll, whale sharks predictably aggregate only during the southwest monsoon season

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