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Supplemental Information

Data for MS Rohner et al. PeerJ

Data for MS Rohner et al. PeerJ

DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.3029v2/supp-1

Direction and step lengths

Supplementary Figure 1: (a) Frequency of directions and (b) the step length frequency for tagged whale sharks.

DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.3029v2/supp-2

Map of real track and its 100 random shark tracks

Supplementary Figure 2. An example of the track for whale shark MZ-241(red) and its 100 random model shark tracks (blue).

DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.3029v2/supp-3

Additional Information

Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Christoph A Rohner conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Anthony J Richardson conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Fabrice R A Jaine analyzed the data, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Michael B Bennett contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Scarla J Weeks conceived and designed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Geremy Cliff contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, reviewed drafts of the paper.

David P Robinson analyzed the data, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Katie E Reeve-Arnold performed the experiments, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Simon J Pierce conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Animal Ethics

The following information was supplied relating to ethical approvals (i.e., approving body and any reference numbers):

Whale shark tagging was compliant with ethics guidelines from the University of Queensland’s Animal Ethics Committee and was conducted under their approval certificate GPEM/186/10/MMF/ WCS/SF

Funding

Field work was supported by the Shark Foundation, Aqua-Firma, Waterlust, a Rufford Small Grant and the PADI Foundation. Casa Barry Lodge and Peri-Peri Divers provided logistics field support. This research has made use of data and software tools provided by Wildbook for Whale Sharks, an online mark-recapture database operated by the non-profit scientific organisation Wild Me with support from public donations and the Qatar Whale Shark Research Project. Christoph Rohner and Simon Pierce were supported by two private trusts. Anthony Richardson was supported by the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship FT0991722. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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