Whale sharks target dense prey patches of sergestid shrimp off Tanzania

  title={Whale sharks target dense prey patches of sergestid shrimp off Tanzania},
  author={Christoph A Rohner and Amelia J. Armstrong and Simon J. Pierce and Clare E. M. Prebble and E Fernando Cagua and Jesse E. M. Cochran and Michael L Berumen and Anthony J. Richardson},
  booktitle={Journal of plankton research},
Large planktivores require high-density prey patches to make feeding energetically viable. This is a major challenge for species living in tropical and subtropical seas, such as whale sharks Rhincodon typus. Here, we characterize zooplankton biomass, size structure and taxonomic composition from whale shark feeding events and background samples at Mafia Island, Tanzania. The majority of whale sharks were feeding (73%, 380 of 524 observations), with the most common behaviour being active surface… CONTINUE READING
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