A Preliminary Delineation of Shark Nursery Grounds in Two South Carolina Estuaries

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2004

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I hypothesize that urbanization Murrells Inlet will affect the total number of elasmobranches present and the species diversity of elasmobranchs. I believe predation is the controlling factor for newborn sharks and young juveniles, and so I would expect to find those individuals in the areas least accessible to adult sharks. This idea is supported by Gilliam and Fraser (1987) who looked at foraging behavior in response to predation pressure. They found fishes will move to the habitats that afford them the greatest chances of survival. However, once animals grow in size, and the risk of being eaten becomes substantially less, they move to areas that are less environmentally stressful.

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Prosser, Christopher M (2004). A Preliminary Delineation of Shark Nursery Grounds in Two South Carolina Estuaries. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/246.


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