Diel Vertical Habitat Use Observations of a Scalloped Hammerhead and a Bigeye Thresher in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Academic Article uri icon


  • Understanding habitat use of elasmobranchs in pelagic environments is complicated due to the mobility of these large animals and their ability to move great distances in a three-dimensional environment. The Gulf of Mexico is a region where many highly migratory pelagic shark species occur, while in close proximity to coastal, anthropogenic activity including recreational and commercial fisheries. This study provides summary information on the vertical habitat use for a single male scalloped hammerhead and a single male bigeye thresher that were each caught and tagged with an archiving satellite tag. The scalloped hammerhead occupied shallow depths (<100 m) over the continental shelf during the 90 d deployment. The bigeye thresher exhibited strong patterns of diel vertical migrations by occupying depths below the thermocline (>350 m) during the day, then occupying shallower depths (50100 m) during the night. By providing summary information, this note urges future research to provide scientific information on pelagic, highly migratory species for management efforts in the Gulf of Mexico region.

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altmetric score

  • 2.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Anderson, T., Meese, E. N., Drymon, J. M., Stunz, G. W., Falterman, B., Menjivar, E., & Wells, R.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Anderson, Taylor||Meese, Emily N||Drymon, James Marcus||Stunz, Gregory W||Falterman, Brett||Menjivar, Elias||Wells, RJ David

publication date

  • June 2022


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