Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Map of Endangered Shark's Wanderings Could Aid Conservation

by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | November 26, 2014 07:10am ET

A young hammerhead's 10.5-month journey through the Gulf of California reveals that the endangered shark often swam outside of protected areas, according to a new research that suggests key areas where protection could help the species survive.

After hitching rides from local fishermen, researchers caught and tagged three young scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) in the Gulf of California, which separates the Baja California peninsula from mainland Mexico.

Maps of the sharks' wanderings could help conservationists develop plans to protect the vulnerable species.

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