Monitoring Basking Sharks in the waters of Coll in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland

Biologists from Aberdeen University wanted to find out if sonar equipment could be used to learn more about the movements of basking sharks. Most of the current knowledge about basking sharks is based on what is visible at the surface and, as such, an investigation was sought to determine if surface observations matched what was happening below the surface. In particular, the scientists were interested to know if the sharks were 'stacking', and whether there was evidence of young sharks.To support this research, Teledyne RESON supplied Aberdeen University with a SeaBat 7128 forward-looking multibeam imaging system. The project was carried out from 7-9 August 2012 off the waters of Coll in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Basking sharks are known to reside here and sightings are particularly common at this time of year.

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