Family matters for world's second biggest fish

Family matters for world's second biggest fish

Led by Dr Catherine Jones, the study found that basking sharks prefer to travel with their relations to familiar feeding sites. The research was published in Scientific Reports.

The world's second biggest fish - the basking shark - prefers to travel with family to familiar feeding sites, according to a new study led by the University of Aberdeen.

The research, published today in Scientific Reports sheds new light on the migration routes of the sharks and outlines their vulnerability to environmental change.

Basking sharks can grow more than 10 metres long and were recently classed as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List.

They feed on plankton and in the Northeast Atlantic, hundreds come together in surface waters during spring plankton blooms such as those that occur on the west coast of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

 

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