Sunday, May 06, 2018

Mapping movements of ocean creatures great and small

Big data shows that large marine vertebrates move differently, but consistently, through coastal and ocean waters.


A whale and a turtle differ in size, shape and lifestyle but their patterns of movement are surprisingly similar, reveals the largest collection of movement data for a diverse group of large marine vertebrates.

A team of 58 researchers from nine countries and 45 research institutions has collated a satellite telemetry dataset for a diverse set of large marine megafauna: it includes more than 2.8 million locations from more than 2,600 tracked individual animals. And for some species it includes data from as long ago as 1985.

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Image: The largest ever collected data set of marine megafauna movements shows that big marine animals move differently, but consistently, through coastal and ocean waters.
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