Since I was 6 I wanted to become a marine biologist. From computer coding to field-work and policy-making, there are so many aspects to this career and every step of the way I have absolutely loved it. So, in this competitive field, how can you succeed? Here is my advice... 1. Get the right qualifications.… Continue reading How to become a Marine Biologist: my top 5 tips!
We know more about space than we do the deep sea. We are only just discovering and learning about deep sea elasmobranchs. However, they face growing threats from climate change and overfishing; these anthropogenic (man-made) impacts highlight the need for a better understanding of how we can conserve deep-sea communities. When you think of Elasmobranchs,… Continue reading Shining the light on threats to life in the dark.
Concern is growing over the conservation status of elasmobranch populations. An estimated 25% of species are thought to be threatened with extinction worldwide, due to increasing threats from direct overfishing, being caught as accidental bycatch and habitat degradation. Despite this concern, managing and conserving elasmobranch populations has proven to be a difficult task- but why? Elasmobranchs (sharks,… Continue reading Why is conserving elasmobranchs so difficult?
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the world's largest fish, growing up to 65 feet and weighing around 75,000 pounds! Despite this huge size, they prey on tiny organisms. Whale sharks are known as filter feeders; they feed by ingesting huge amounts of water, and filtering out plankton, small crustaceans and fish, which get trapped in… Continue reading An over-whale-ming animal
Above: Blacktip reef shark. The ocean is salty from the tears of misunderstood sharks. Ever since the film Jaws came out in 1975, sharks have had a bad reputation; this mega-hit film series invoked a sense of fear in beach-goers and caused a shark-horror tend in Hollywood. The irony of this fear is that we… Continue reading Sharks are friends, not food.
Concerns over the varying decline of top oceanic predators due to climate change, habitat degradation and overfishing are growing. An estimated 25% of elasmobranchs are threatened with extinction, which begs the question: are lethal sampling methods really worth it? The decline of elasmobranch and other top predator populations is well-documented, and there is a general… Continue reading Lethal conservation?
1. The Epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) Conservation status: least concern (IUCN) This amazing shark lives in the shallow tidal pools of the Great Barrier Reef- not an easy environment for any animal. When the the tide goes out water oxygen levels reduce, temperature rises and there's heavy competition for space and food. The Epaulette shark's solution:… Continue reading Top 10 weirdest Elasmobranchs