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Complex Movements, Philopatry and Expanded Depth Range of a Severely Threatened Pelagic Shark, the Oceanic Whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus) in the Western North Atlantic

  • Lucy A. Howey-Jordan,

    Affiliation: Microwave Telemetry, Inc., Columbia, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Edward J. Brooks,

    Affiliation: Shark Research and Conservation Program, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

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  • Debra L. Abercrombie,

    Affiliation: Abercrombie & Fish, Miller Place, New York, United States of America

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  • Lance K. B. Jordan,

    Affiliation: Microwave Telemetry, Inc., Columbia, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Annabelle Brooks,

    Affiliation: Shark Research and Conservation Program, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

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  • Sean Williams,

    Affiliation: Shark Research and Conservation Program, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

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  • Emily Gospodarczyk,

    Affiliation: Microwave Telemetry, Inc., Columbia, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Demian D. Chapman mail

    demian.chapman@stonybrook.edu

    Affiliation: School of Marine and Atmospheric Science & Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, United States of America

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  • Published: February 20, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056588
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Lucy A. Howey-Jordan, Lance K. B. Jordan, Emily Gospodarczyk
Microwave Telemetry, Inc., Columbia, Maryland, United States of America
Edward J. Brooks, Annabelle Brooks, Sean Williams
Shark Research and Conservation Program, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Eleuthera, The Bahamas
Debra L. Abercrombie
Abercrombie & Fish, Miller Place, New York, United States of America
Demian D. Chapman
School of Marine and Atmospheric Science & Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: demian.chapman@stonybrook.edu

Competing Interests

Three of the coauthors of this manuscript, Lance Jordan, Emily Gospodarczyk and Lucy Howey-Jordan are employed by the company that developed and manufactures the satellite tags used in this study. In no way did their affiliation bias the results or their interpretation. Additionally, the authors declare that the authors’ affiliation with both Microwave Telemetry, Inc. and Abercrombie & Fish does not alter their adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Completed field work: LAHJ EJB DLA LKBJ AB SW EG DDC. Conceived and designed the experiments: LAHJ EJB LKBJ DDC. Performed the experiments: LAHJ EJB DLA LKBJ AB SW DDC. Analyzed the data: LAHJ EG LKBJ DDC EJB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LAHJ LKBJ EG DDC. Wrote the paper: LAHJ LKBJ DDC.