• Yan Maruanaya Program Studi Manajemen Sumberdaya Perairan, Universitas Satya Wiyata Mandala, Nabire, Indonesia
  • Prof. Alex Retraubun Universitas Pattimura, Ambon
  • S. F. Tuhumury Program Studi Ilmu Kelautan Universitas Pattimura Ambon, Indonesia
  • James Abrahamzs Program Studi Ilmu Kelautan Universitas Pattimura Ambon, Ambon, Indonesia
Keywords: fish, feeding behavior, whale shark, Papua


Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the largest fish in the world with high tourist potential, as well as a relatively high threat of extinction if not managed properly. The Kwatisore Waters are one of the habitats of whale sharks in Indonesia that are seen from the frequent appearance of whale sharks and become a unique phenomenon that is every day of the year, so the area has opportunities for tourism development. The study aimed to examine the dietary characteristics of whale sharks and their aggregations, in particular the total number of occurrences and the number of individual whale sharks in the Kwatisore Waters. Data collection in this study using primary data. The study was conducted from July to September 2020. The method of data collection is carried out once every month (time series) through the collection to review the diet between individual whale sharks is done by observing directly when whale sharks rise to the surface of the water and are in a chart that amounts to 5 units of fishing equipment. The results showed that there were 275 whale sharks appearances, consisting of 18 individuals, the number of occurrences and the number of individual whale sharks depended heavily on the catch of anchovies by each fishing equipment. The appearance of whale sharks within the Sea Tenure of Akudiomi Village. The appearance of the dominant whale sharks occurs in the morning and the percentage of appearance is 100% male with a total length size ranging from 3 to 7.5 meters.


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How to Cite
MaruanayaY., RetraubunP. A., TuhumuryS. F., & AbrahamzsJ. (2022). FEEDING HABITS AND FREQUENCY OF APPEARANCE OF WHALE SHARKS (Rhincodon typus) IN THE KWATISORE WATERS IN THE SEA TENURE OF AKUDIOMI VILLAGE LOCATED WITHIN CENDERAWASIH BAY NATIONAL PARK. Jurnal Ilmu Dan Teknologi Kelautan Tropis, 14(1), 109-129. https://doi.org/10.29244/jitkt.v14i1.39648