Tag: Pelagic

This section contains those species that live predominantly in the water column, away from reef systems or the bottom.

There are many species which may frequent the other zones from time to time, but which are undoubtedly Pelagic by nature.

An excellent example of this is the Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) which traverses the world's tropical oceans, but may appear at shallow inshore reefs in order to exploit synchronized spawning events.

This section contains those species that live predominantly in the water column, away from reef systems or the bottom.

There are many species which may frequent the other zones from time to time, but which are undoubtedly Pelagic by nature.

An excellent example of this is the Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) which traverses the world's tropical oceans, but may appear at shallow inshore reefs in order to exploit synchronized spawning events.

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Narrow-Barred Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson)

This Narrow-Barred Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson), photographed at around 25m off the Camel Humps on Sail Rock's south-west corner, appears to have had a very lucky escape!

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Whale Shark T-047

In this shot of Whale Shark T-047, taken at Sail Rock, the healed scars on the caudal fin are visible.

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Whale Shark T-047

This photo of Whale Shark T-047, taken at Sail Rock, clearly shows the unusual scrape marks on her underside.

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Whale Shark T-044

Although the left side is the shot that will generate an identification number for a previously unsighted Whale Shark, a good right side is also very important in case the shark is seen in the future and only the right side is photographed.

Johnny Williams did a great job in getting clear photos of both sides of this individual

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Whale Shark T-052

This left-side shot, focusing on the area between the gills and the rear edge of the pectoral fin is the perfect zone for spot identification using the Ecocean Whale Shark project database.

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Whale Shark T-052

Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) T-052 is a small, 2 - 3m female that appeared at Sail Rock in October 2009. Dr. Dhanin Hiriotappa (Taeng to everyone) is an excellent underwater photographer and thankfully she got these perfect shots which led to this shark receiving a unique indentification number via the Whale Shark project.

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Whale Shark T-051

Whale Shark T-051 turns and gently descends into deeper water during this encounter at Sail Rock.

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Whale Shark T-051

The visibility at Sail Rock was not so good on the day that Whale Shark T-051 appeared, however it was just about possible to get the shots required for "spot-mapping" and subsequent identification.

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Whale Shark T-045

Unfortunately, this photograph of Whale Shark T-045 shows the damage being caused by the piece of rope attached around the base of her tail. The cut at this point is already deep, and the rope could potentially remain in place for a number of years...

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Whale Shark T-045

This left-side photograph of Whale Shark T-045 gives a good view of her unusual line patterns.