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J Fish Biol. 2019 Jan;94(1):165-167. doi: 10.1111/jfb.13845. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Whale shark Rhincodon typus strandings in the Gulf of California, Mexico.

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1
Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, La Paz, Mexico.
2
Pelagios Kakunjá A.C, La Paz, Mexico.
3
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, La Paz, Mexico.
4
Ecosistemas Asociación de pesca deportiva y ecoturismo de Bahía de los Ángeles, Grupo de monitoreo comunitario PEJESAPO, Bahía de los Ángeles, Mexico.

Abstract

The present study analyses whale shark Rhincodon typus stranding in the Gulf of California, Mexico, reported by the public, scientists, authorities and artisanal fishermen. A total of 14 strandings were documented during the period 2001-2018. The total length of R. typus ranged from 350-1,102 cm, with a sex ratio of 3.5:1 (males: females). This study highlights potential stranding areas, the need for better stranding protocols to assist R. typus recovery and the importance of samples from dead animals for scientific research.

KEYWORDS:

Gulf of California; Rhincodon typus; conservation; eastern tropical Pacific; endangered species

PMID:
30345520
DOI:
10.1111/jfb.13845
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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