First record of a whale shark in continental Europe

Published online on 13. August 2012

First record of a whale shark Rhincodon typus in continental Europe

Rodrigues, N. V., Correia, J. P. S., Graça, J. T. C., Rodrigues, F., Pinho, R. and Hirofumi, M.


A whale shark Rhincodon typus was found in a set-net in southern Portugal in October 2011. This was the first record for continental Europe and represents an increase of the species’ known range. Upwelling events and increase in sea-surface temperatures are possible reasons for this occurrence.

Journal of Fish Biology. Early View Version. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03392.x



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