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Steve Zeeman's research on basking sharks on, Washington Post

posted Jun 5, 2009, 1:00 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 5, 2009, 5:07 PM ]
Stephan Zeeman, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Marine Sciences, was a member of a multi-institutional research team that was in the news the week of May 8, 2009 with the release of their research on the migration habits of basking sharks in Current Biology. The researchers discovered where basking sharks – the world's second largest fish – hide out for half of every year, a discovery that revises scientists' understanding of the iconic species and highlights just how little we still know about even the largest of marine animals. Using new satellite-based tagging technology and a novel geolocation technique, the researchers found that basking sharks make ocean-scale migrations through tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean during the winter, traveling at depths of 200 to 1,000 meters. Their data show that the sharks sometimes stay at those depths for weeks or even months at a time. The story appeared on Science Daily, The redOrbit Knowledge Network, and CapeCodToday and in shorter stories in the Washington Post,, The London Timesonline, The Christian Science Monitor and several other online news sources.