A new paper titled ‘Heat-seeking sharks: support for behavioural thermoregulation in reef sharks‘ investigates shark behaviour and movement patterns in relation to thermoregulation and water temperature.
The paper suggests that reef shark movements are influenced by water temperature and provides support for behavioural thermoregulation theories. This data is important for predicting how sharks might be affected by climate change and other human modifications to water temperature.
The paper involves Environment Institute member Corey Bradshaw as well as Conrad Speed (Charles Darwin University), Mark Meekan (Australian Institute of Marine Science), Iain Field (Macquarie University) and Clive McMahon (Charles Darwin University) and has been published in Marine Ecology Progress Series.
Download the paper to read about their findings