Tracking technologies help to identify key marine areas for basking sharks

A range of satellite tag technologies has helped track movement behavior of this huge iconic fish species.

Recorded at up to 8,000 pounds, the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the world’s second largest fish species, smaller only than the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). For decades, humans hunted these sharks for their liver oil and until recently, aside from the historical human uses, relatively little was known about this species.

Researchers from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the University of Exeter (UoE) have begun to investigate the sharks’ distribution and movement behaviors through the Basking Shark Satellite Tagging Project. Dr. Suzanne Henderson from SNH, the project manager, explained to WildTech the impetus for this project.

Last updated on 18 February 2016

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Cetorhinus maximus
Rhincodon typus
Species group: 
Marine mammals