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WQ0561-D. Sicklefin Devil Ray (Mobula tarapacana) with a towed biologging tag attached via a rubber “necklace”  harness deployed by a marine biologist. This equipment and the in water attachment method are much less invasive than other elasmobranch tagging protocols, causing little or no adverse effect on the animals, which are also called Chilean devil rays. A galvanic link on the harness dissolves after a set time and releases the harness and tag, which float to the surface to be recovered by the scientists. These high-tech multisensor units have radio and satellite transmitters, fast lock GPS, and a suite of instruments to record water temperature, depth, and light levels, as well as 3D high frequency accelerometry data. Some units even feature onboard cameras for HD imagery acquisition. Marine scientists are now gathering valuable information on the short-term fine-scale movement patterns of the rays, allowing us to better understand their habitat use and diving and aggregating behavior. Such knowledge aids in conservation efforts working towards improved protection of the species, including further development of best practices for sustainable devil ray ecotourism activities. Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean.<br />
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devil ray with tag photo
WQ0561-D. Sicklefin Devil Ray (Mobula tarapacana) with a towed biologging tag attached via a rubber “necklace” harness deployed by a marine biologist. This equipment and the in water attachment method are much less invasive than other elasmobranch tagging protocols, causing little or no adverse effect on the animals, which are also called Chilean devil rays. A galvanic link on the harness dissolves after a set time and releases the harness and tag, which float to the surface to...
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