CASPO Seminar - Larry Pratt: "Mysteries of American Eel Migration in the N. Atlantic"

04/23/2014 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

It is a mystery how larvae of the American Eel are able to migrate from the Sargasso Sea to the freshwater estuaries of the US east coast, crossing the Gulf Stream, the shelf break and other barriers, all in less than 12 months.  It is important to understand this phase in the life cycle of this organism, considered by some authorities to be endangered. I will present some findings based on an ocean circulation model (FLAME) of the N. Atlantic in which our group explores a range of plausible swimming and navigation strategies that eel larvae could plausibly use to reach freshwater. I will also remark on the role of eddies in helping or hindering successful migration and will comment on what our results say about the most probable spawning locations within the Sargasso Sea.

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Ruth Musgrave
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