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A Magnetic Map Leads Juvenile European Eels to the Gulf Stream

Overview of attention for article published in Current Biology, April 2017
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53 news outlets
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77 tweeters
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Title
A Magnetic Map Leads Juvenile European Eels to the Gulf Stream
Published in
Current Biology, April 2017
DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2017.03.015
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Authors

Lewis C. Naisbett-Jones, Nathan F. Putman, Jessica F. Stephenson, Sam Ladak, Kyle A. Young

Abstract

Migration allows animals to track the environmental conditions that maximize growth, survival, and reproduction [1-3]. Improved understanding of the mechanisms underlying migrations allows for improved management of species and ecosystems [1-4]. For centuries, the catadromous European eel (Anguilla anguilla) has provided one of Europe's most important fisheries and has sparked considerable scientific inquiry, most recently owing to the dramatic collapse of juvenile recruitment [5]. Larval eels are transported by ocean currents associated with the Gulf Stream System from Sargasso Sea breeding grounds to coastal and freshwater habitats from North Africa to Scandinavia [6, 7]. After a decade or more, maturing adults migrate back to the Sargasso Sea, spawn, and die [8]. However, the migratory mechanisms that bring juvenile eels to Europe and return adults to the Sargasso Sea remain equivocal [9, 10]. Here, we used a "magnetic displacement" experiment [11, 12] to show that the orientation of juvenile eels varies in response to subtle differences in magnetic field intensity and inclination angle along their marine migration route. Simulations using an ocean circulation model revealed that even weakly swimming in the experimentally observed directions at the locations corresponding to the magnetic displacements would increase entrainment of juvenile eels into the Gulf Stream System. These findings provide new insight into the migration ecology and recruitment dynamics of eels and suggest that an adaptive magnetic map, tuned to large-scale features of ocean circulation, facilitates the vast oceanic migrations of the Anguilla genus [7, 13, 14].

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 58 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 28%
Student > Master 7 12%
Unspecified 7 12%
Researcher 7 12%
Student > Bachelor 6 10%
Other 16 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 31 52%
Unspecified 11 18%
Environmental Science 9 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 8%
Neuroscience 2 3%
Other 2 3%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 505. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 January 2018.
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#15,001
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