Whale Shark Aggregations
The waters of Quintana Roo, with the largest aggregation of whale sharks described, have up to 400 animals together during the summer to feed on plankton and fish eggs. Ch’ooj Ajauil AC (Blue Realm), recognizes this phenomenon as an important element and superlative, to be considered in UNESCO lists, but we still have several unanswered questions: where do whale sharks come from? Where do they go? Why do these aggregations happen? Where and when do they occur?
To obtain answers Ch’ooj Ajauil AC (Blue Kingdom), we continue studying this seasonal aggregation, using both aerial surveys, surface studies on ships, satellite telemetry and individual photographic identification, laser photogrammetry, to provide relevant information and promote conservation efforts.
2018, up to date: real-time satellite tracking and behavior estimation