Table 1

Summary of whale shark tracks
Shark identification WS-1 WS-2 WS-3 WS-4
Date tagged 8 July 20111 8 September 2011 5 September 2012 6 September 2012
Estimated total length (m) 9.0 10.0 5.6 11.2
Track length (days) 167 38 31 48
Tag type SPOT-5 SPOT-5 SPOT-5 SPLASH
Criteria (ranked) Estimated detachment date
1. Transmission times 24 December 2011 16 October 2011 7 October 2012 25 October 2012
2. Transmission qualities 24 December 2011 15 October 2011 6 October 2012 23 October 2012
3. Depth/temperature unclear 15 October 2011 6 October 2012 13 October 2012
4. Tracks 24 December 2011 15 October 2011 6 October 2012 23 October 2012

All sharks were female. Track lengths (number of days from tagging to last known detection while still attached) estimated using criteria ranked in importance below. Tags continued to transmit while floating, beyond the length of the shark track.

Hearn et al.

Hearn et al. Animal Biotelemetry 2013 1:11   doi:10.1186/2050-3385-1-11

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