Predicting current and future global distributions of whale sharks.

  title={Predicting current and future global distributions of whale sharks.},
  author={Ana M. M. Sequeira and Camille Mellin and Damien A. Fordham and Mark G. Meekan and Corey J. A. Bradshaw},
  journal={Global change biology},
  volume={20 3},
The Vulnerable (IUCN) whale shark spans warm and temperate waters around the globe. However, their present-day and possible future global distribution has never been predicted. Using 30 years (1980-2010) of whale shark observations recorded by tuna purse-seiners fishing in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, we applied generalized linear mixed-effects models to test the hypothesis that similar environmental covariates predict whale shark occurrence in all major ocean basins. We derived… CONTINUE READING


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