It seems like the time of Covid-19 has been characterised by mixed messages. It can’t be killed by hand sanitiser (it can). We won’t be shutting things down (we will). Herd immunity. Social distancing. Self-isolation. I won’t comment on any of that, because I’m not an epidemiologist, psychologist, sociologist, or generally the right kind of biologist to be expressing an opinion.
It is a little disappointing that the news from the world of zoology has been equally confusing.
Without the traffic of ships and ferries, dolphins have reappeared.
After my brief stint working at Bristol Aquarium, I didn’t think I’d ever willingly step into an aquarium during the February half term again. But somehow, earlier this month, I found myself doing just that, all in the name of coral reef conservation.
In light of Japan’s recent decision to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and return to commercial whaling, it’s fair to wonder when, why, and how the IWC was first established, and what keeps leading us back to this debate.
My third article for The Conservation Project International is all about the common skate. Skates are elasmobranchs (the same class as sharks and rays). The common skate is very large at up to 2.85m, slow-growing and long-lived (three traits that often mean vulnerable to extinction). It used to be one of the most abundant skates in the world but it now critically endangered largely due to harmful fishing practices such as bottom trawling.
My second article for The Conservation Project International is up on their website – it touches on the plight of Goliath groupers but goes into greater depth on the less publicised damage being done to their cousins, the calico groupers. I talk about recreational and commercial overfishing of slow growing threatened species, bycatch, and briefly touch on the need for people from a diversity of professional backgrounds in marine conservation.
Hi all! A quick note to say you should head over to The Conservation Project International’s website, both to check out the really cool work they are trying to do and to read my article on the Ganges river shark, the rarest shark in the world.
I’m going to be working with TCPI to produce a series of blog posts on marine (if you’ve spotted that river sharks aren’t marine, yes, shhh) endangered species that need some more love and attention from conservationists (and everyone else).
A few days holiday in Croatia turned out to be more than just a pleasant break from being in an office all day. It was also a refreshing and invigorating reminder of why I chose to study Zoology, why I loved it, and why I am continuing to pursue a career in it.
I attended an Ocean Conservation Panel on marine plastic pollution last week. It was really interesting with incredible speakers, and made me reflect on my history with the issue of ocean plastics and where we should go from here.
While marine plastics pollution is an issue that is only becoming more prevalent in the media every day now, I don’t remember a time before it was on my radar. This can be credited to my mum, who during twice-daily dog walks on the beach would notice how much litter washed up on the shore and be incensed by it. Like most people, my education and understanding has only increased recently, with documentaries like A Plastic Ocean really capturing the public consciousness, and videos of straws being pulled from turtles’ noses going viral.
Last night I went to an “Ocean Conservation Panel” at the Steppes Travel Beyond Festival in London, all about marine plastics pollution. I got to see one of my absolute all-time idols speak, and find some new ones, as well as get some inspiration to change my behaviour and annoy my friends to change theirs!