MULTI-INSTRUMENT BIOLOGGING PROVIDES NEW HIGH RESOLUTION INSIGHT INTO SHARK BEHAVIOR AND BIOMECHANICS
Carl G. Meyer1, Itsumi Nakamura2 and Katsufumi Sato2 1Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kaneohe, HI 96744 USA 2International Coastal Research Center, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8564, Japan In marine ecosystems, the advent of electronic tags has provided unprecedented new insights into movements of highly mobile sharks. However, until recently we have lacked high-resolution tools capable of revealing fine-scale patterns of behavior and habitat use, or providing empirical insight into swimming biomechanics of free-ranging sharks. Now a combination of high resolution, tri-axial accelerometer-magnetometer data loggers and miniature video loggers is uncovering previously unknown aspects of shark ecology. Recent deployments of these devices on a variety of coastal and deep-sea sharks in Hawaii has revealed complex, three-dimensional movements of these animals over a variety of habitats, provided a clearer understanding of shark swimming biomechanics and yielded a ‘sharks-eye’ view of interactions with other animals.
Meyer, C., University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, email@example.com
Nakamura, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Sato, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
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