Data from: Acoustic telemetry reveals cryptic residency of whale sharks

Edgar Fernando Cagua, Jesse E. M. Cochran, Christoph A. Rohner, Clare E. M. Prebble, Tane H. Sinclair-Taylor, Simon J. Pierce & Michael L. Berumen
Although whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) have been documented to move thousands of kilometres, they are most frequently observed at a few predictable seasonal aggregation sites. The absence of sharks at the surface during visual surveys has led to the assumption that sharks disperse to places unknown during the long ‘off-seasons’ at most of these locations. Here we compare 2 years of R. typus visual sighting records from Mafia Island in Tanzania to concurrent acoustic telemetry...
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