Generation 5 data storage tags, GPS and developed methodology for studying the hydrostatic pressure environment of the Juvenile lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris)

L. E. Smith, S. H. Gruber, S. Kessel, J. Metcalfe, P. J. Fraser

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Abstract

Following pioneering laboratory work at Aberdeen University in Scotland, which identified a hydrostatic sensor in sharks, field work was conducted from August through to October 2006 in South Bimini, Bahamas, to investigate the normal hydrostatic pressure range and usage including determining whether Negaprion showed significant changes in depth over time, and how any depth changes related to barometric pressure, daily and tidal cycles. Juvenile lemon sharks <1 m previously fitted with internal acoustic transmitters were used for the study. Generation 5 Data Storage Tags manufactured by CEFAS Technology Limited UK were used and secured externally to the first dorsal of the shark, using an innovative method developed for this study. The DSTs logged both pressure and temperature every 5 seconds for 20 days. During this time observational data was gathered by manual tracking using hydrophone and receiver equipment allowing GPS points to be taken which complemented the DST data. After the 20 days the DSTs were actively retrieved and the data downloaded. Depth profiles have been determined for 6 juvenile sharks and relationships between depth and environmental or meteorological variables, and behaviour patterns of the sharks have been identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication63rd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation 2007
Pages253-263
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Aug 23 2007
Event63rd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation 2007 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: Apr 23 2007Apr 25 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Meeting - Institute of Navigation

Other

Other63rd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation 2007
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period4/23/074/25/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Aerospace Engineering

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    Smith, L. E., Gruber, S. H., Kessel, S., Metcalfe, J., & Fraser, P. J. (2007). Generation 5 data storage tags, GPS and developed methodology for studying the hydrostatic pressure environment of the Juvenile lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris). In 63rd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation 2007 (pp. 253-263). (Proceedings of the Annual Meeting - Institute of Navigation).