Shark tracking reveals impressive feats of navigation

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 07:50 in Biology & Nature

Some shark species are able to navigate to specific locations up to 50 km away, a new study published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology has found. Re-analysing tracking data from tagged sharks, ecologists found that while some species such as blacktip reef sharks swim in a pattern known as a 'random walk,' others such as tiger sharks can at times hunt for prey or mates by using 'directed walks,' accurately navigating long distances across open ocean, often at night...

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