Friday, May 08, 2009

Holidays in Rio!


Very cool news!

May 7, 2009 -- For centuries, scientists have wondered where Basking Sharks go in the wintertime. Now, they have an answer -- and it's full of surprises.

In the western Atlantic, the world's second largest fish swims all the way from New England to the Bahamas and across the equator to South America, a new study finds. Scientists have long thought that Basking Sharks spent all of their time in cooler waters. Tags came off in a wide range of locations, the scientists reported today in the journal Current Biology, from New England to the coast of Brazil in the Southern Hemisphere. Other locations included the Sargasso Sea, the Puerto Rico Trench, and the Guyana coast.
Five Sharks traveled more than 2,400 kilometers (nearly 1,500 miles). One spent a month hanging out near the mouth of the Amazon River.A closer look at data from six Sharks showed that the animals traveled at depths of between 200 meters (650 feet) and 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). Some stayed at those levels for up to five months. The animals appeared to seek out water in an ideal temperature range.

Full story here.

2 comments:

Nikki said...

Awesome adventure man, this shark looks scary to me but i wanna try it out soon.

Let me check my Travel plans.

Nikki said...

Interesting countries and Rio is on the top of that list. Awesome adventure man, this shark looks scary to me but i wanna try it out soon.