About This Project
If the endangered basking shark is a water-column explorer, what is the real status of its population?
Marine predators are an important part of our ocean's ecosystems. However, overfishing has reduced predator populations worldwide. My study focuses on one such species: the endangered basking shark. Recent studies have shown a drastic decline in the areas inhabited by basking sharks. Most studies rely on surface sightings to estimate population size, so I want to see if any sharks are hiding beneath the surface by tracking how they move vertically through the water column.