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When Giants Turn Up: Sighting Trends, Environmental Influences and Habitat Use of the Manta Ray Manta alfredi at a Coral Reef

  • Fabrice R. A. Jaine mail,

    f.jaine@uq.edu.au

    Affiliations: Biophysical Oceanography Group, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia, Climate Adaptation Flagship, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park, Australia

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  • Lydie I. E. Couturier,

    Affiliations: Climate Adaptation Flagship, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park, Australia, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia

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  • Scarla J. Weeks,

    Affiliation: Biophysical Oceanography Group, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia

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  • Kathy A. Townsend,

    Affiliations: School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia, Moreton Bay Research Station, The University of Queensland, Dunwich, Australia

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  • Michael B. Bennett,

    Affiliation: School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia

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  • Kym Fiora,

    Affiliation: Watersports, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, PO Box 5026, Torquay, Australia

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  • Anthony J. Richardson

    Affiliations: Climate Adaptation Flagship, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park, Australia, Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics, School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia

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  • Published: October 03, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046170
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Fabrice R. A. Jaine, Scarla J. Weeks
Biophysical Oceanography Group, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia
Fabrice R. A. Jaine, Lydie I. E. Couturier, Anthony J. Richardson
Climate Adaptation Flagship, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park, Australia
Lydie I. E. Couturier, Michael B. Bennett
School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia
Kathy A. Townsend
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia
Kathy A. Townsend
Moreton Bay Research Station, The University of Queensland, Dunwich, Australia
Kym Fiora
Watersports, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, PO Box 5026, Torquay, Australia
Anthony J. Richardson
Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics, School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia

Corresponding Author

Email: f.jaine@uq.edu.au

Competing Interests

KF is employed by the funder Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, We also received support from Brother Pty Ltd. This does not alter adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FJ KT AR SW MB. Performed the experiments: KF FJ LC KT. Analyzed the data: FJ AR. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SW. Wrote the paper: FJ AR MB LC SW KT.