Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Scientists study predator-prey behavior between sharks, turtles

Study is one of first to investigate the 'landscape of fear' model on highly migratory ocean species

Date:July 27, 2015

Source:University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Summary:A new collaborative study examined predator-prey interactions between tiger sharks and sea turtles off the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean. The research team used long-term satellite tagging data from large tiger sharks and adult female loggerhead sea turtles, common prey of tiger sharks, to examine their movement patterns and evaluate if turtles modify their behaviors to reduce their chances of a shark attack when turtle and shark home ranges overlapped.

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