About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Feeding Activity Synchronized by the Moon

by Bidita Debnath on May 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM
Font : A-A+

 Feeding Activity Synchronized by the Moon

The lunar cycle may synchronize with feeding activity, luring large muskies to take angler bait.

This is according to results published May 28, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mark Vinson from U.S. Geological Survey and Ted Angradi from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Advertisement

Previous studies have suggested a relationship between the moon and fish behavior. To investigate this further, scientists analyzed angler catch records for evidence of an effect due to the lunar cycle and explored sources of its variation on fishermen's catch. They analyzed angling catch records for ~ 350,000 muskellunge (largest member of the pike family) from North America to test for a cyclic lunar influence on angler catch.

Researchers found that the number of fish caught consistently related to the lunar cycle across most fisheries. Anglers caught more muskellunge around the full and new moon than at other times, and an angler fishing exclusively on the peak lunar day would catch on average 5% more muskellunge than anglers fishing on random days. Scientists could not rule out the possibility of increased angler effort during the lunar cycle, but several other indicators suggest that biological factors in the fish may contribute to the synchronization. For example, the lunar effect was stronger for larger muskellunge (>102 cm), fish caught in higher latitudes, and for fish caught in midsummer, rather than in June or October. Scientists posit that these variations reflect lunar synchronization in feeding activity and are not due to increased angler effort.
Advertisement

Mark Vinson added, "Our findings give statistical support to what many anglers have believed for a long time, that the moon matters - we are not sure exactly why, but it matters. Muskellunge are notoriously difficult to catch, so anglers will appreciate any edge they can get."

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge on Liver Transplantation
Organ Donation Week 2022 - 'Take the Pledge to Save Lives'
Test your Knowledge on Heart Transplantation
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Blood - Sugar Chart Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Drug - Food Interactions Indian Medical Journals Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Daily Calorie Requirements Accident and Trauma Care Sanatogen The Essence of Yoga
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use