Basking sharks head south for winter

Basking sharks head south for winter

Satellite-tagging data provide first evidence that the fish migrate to the tropics

By Solmaz Barazesh, 11:58 AM May 7, 2009

When winter comes, many people vacation in the Caribbean. A new report suggests basking sharks have the same idea.

Using satellite-based tagging technology, scientists have figured out that basking sharks migrate to the tropical waters of the Caribbean when the weather in their temperate locales gets cold. The study, published online May 7 in Current Biology, provides the first information on where basking sharks hide out for winter, a mystery that has flummoxed marine biologists for years...

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