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Are Caribbean reef sharks, Carcharhinus perezi, able to perceive human body orientation?

Overview of attention for article published in Animal Cognition, December 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#20 of 671)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (95th percentile)

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Title
Are Caribbean reef sharks, Carcharhinus perezi, able to perceive human body orientation?
Published in
Animal Cognition, December 2013
DOI 10.1007/s10071-013-0706-z
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Authors

Erich K. Ritter, Raid Amin

Abstract

The present study examines the potential capability of Caribbean reef sharks to perceive human body orientation, as well as discussing the sharks' swimming patterns in a person's vicinity. A standardized video method was used to record the scenario of single SCUBA divers kneeling in the sand and the approach patterns of sharks, combined with a control group of two divers kneeling back-to-back. When approaching a single test-subject, significantly more sharks preferred to swim outside the person's field of vision. The results suggest that these sharks are able to identify human body orientation, but the mechanisms used and factors affecting nearest distance of approach remain unclear.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 4%
United States 1 4%
Unknown 23 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 24%
Student > Bachelor 6 24%
Researcher 5 20%
Student > Master 2 8%
Unspecified 2 8%
Other 4 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 14 56%
Unspecified 3 12%
Environmental Science 2 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 8%
Mathematics 1 4%
Other 3 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 114. 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 29 April 2015.
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#43,678
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Outputs from Animal Cognition
#20
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Outputs of similar age
#1,396
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Outputs of similar age from Animal Cognition
#1
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