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White shark tagging off New Zealand
Duffy, C.A.J.; Francis, M.P.; Manning, M.; Bonfil, R. (2012). Data from: Regional population connectivity, oceanic habitat, and return migration revealed by satellite tagging of white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, at New Zealand aggregation sites. Southwestern OBIS, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand, 2014 records, Online released on May 26, 2014.

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Twenty-five White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) were tagged with pop-up archival transmitting tags at Chatham Islands, Stewart Island, and one coastal location in New Zealand between April 2005 and September 2009. more

Nineteen tracks were successfully estimated using light-based geolocation and refined using remotely sensed sea-surface temperature data and unscented Kalman filtering. All but one shark made rapid directed movements north of New Zealand to subtropical or tropical regions, including eastern Australia, the Coral Sea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Tonga during the austral autumn, winter, and spring. Four instances of return migration to New Zealand waters were observed, including three to the tagging location. Adult male and juvenile White Sharks occupied a variety of pelagic subtropical and tropical habitats for at least 5–7 months of the year. Sharks were resident in New Zealand waters for up to 5 months post-tagging, with only one shark, an immature female, overwintering in New Zealand. No shark moved between the Chatham Islands and Stewart Island, but mixing of these sharks may occur off northeast North Island, eastern Australia, and Norfolk Island and in the Coral Sea. Effective conservation of White Sharks in the southwest Pacific is dependent upon ongoing international cooperation and the implementation of effective protection measures covering both national and international waters.

Biology > Fish
Marine, PSE, Tasman Sea, PSW, Southwest Pacific Basin, Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
PSE, Tasman Sea [Marine Regions]
PSW, Southwest Pacific Basin [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 April 2005 - 1 February 2010

Taxonomic coverage
Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Government of New Zealand; Department of Conservation, moredata creator
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), more

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NZOBIS: Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Based on this dataset
Duffy, C.A.J. et al. (2012). Regional population connectivity, oceanic habitat, and return migration revealed by satellite tagging of White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, at New Zealand aggregation sites, in: Domeier, M.L. (Ed.) (2012). Global perspectives on the biology and life history of the White Shark. pp. 301-318., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-26
Information last updated: 2015-03-26
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