2012 Basking shark surface positions from Satellite tagging data

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The Priority Marine Feature (PMF) list contains 81 habitats and species considered to be of conservation importance in Scotland's seas. It includes many features which are characteristic of the Scottish marine environment, ranging from flame shell beds in coastal waters, to cold-water coral reefs of the deeper seas, and mobile species such as minke whale and basking shark.

To gain detailed insights into the distribution, habitat-use, movements and behaviour of basking sharks, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the University of Exeter initiated a research project to attach satellite tags to basking sharks in the summers of 2012 and 2013.  This layer is part of a dataset that shows Basking shark satellite tagging data from 2012 and 2013 for a number of individual sharks. This layer is a Web Map Service that displays the satellite tagging data for surface positions for tag 119854.

The final results from satellite tagging of 61 basking sharks in the Sea of the Hebrides are presented in ‘SNH Commissioned Report 908: Basking shark satellite tagging project: insights into basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) movement, distribution and behaviour using satellite telemetry - Final report’.

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