In situ observations of a possible skate nursery off the western Antarctic Peninsula
Journal of Fish Biology
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A dense aggregation of skate egg cases was imaged during a photographic survey of the sea floor along the western Antarctic Peninsula in November 2013. Egg cases were noted in a narrow band between 394 and 443 m depth. Although some skate species in other oceans are known to utilize restricted areas to deposit eggs in great numbers, such nurseries have not been described in the Southern Ocean.
The research reported in this paper was supported by National Science Foundation grants ANT-0838846 and ANT-1141877 to R.B.A., and ANT-0838844 and ANT-1141896 to J.B.M. This is contribution 130 from the Institute for Research on Global Climate Change at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Vol. 86, No. 6, pp. 1867 - 1872