In 2018, our team jumpstarted a coordinated series of innovative studies to explore the behavior and physiology of this enigmatic species. This project is building on that work and specifically exploring the movement, habitat use, and behavior of sharks in the Gulf of Alaska. Specifically, we will:
Develop tools for estimating shark movement patterns from telemetry data.
Determine their home range, and consider home range differences by season, sex, and size.
Understand their spatial and temporal overlap with other species of interest, for example salmon, sea lions, or killer whales.
Determine the preferred temperature and depth range, again also by season, sex, and size.
Determine long-distance movement or migration patterns.
Collect more data to characterize behavior, especially feeding behavior.