Navigational tools: Sharks use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way home

This ground-breaking research led by recent Ph.D graduate, Bryan Keller, has hit headlines world-wide. This research finds that sharks likely use the Earth’s magnetic fields to help guide them on their migrations. Dr. Keller specifically examined a group of bonnethead sharks that spend the summer off the coast of the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab, before migrating south for the winter. Other populations of bonnetheads have been shown to undertake migrations over 1000 km roundtrip. Originally published in Current Biology, this study has sparked intrigue and interest among scientists around the world. Below are a list of current publications and media coverage where this research can be found: