First record of a whale shark in continental EuropePublished 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