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.
Passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) involves detecting and studying animals using the sounds they make. Its use is widespread for cetaceans since they are highly vocal, and are often below the surface. Using sound allows us to detect them even when we cannot see them.
Part of my Masters research project is going to involve using acoustic detections of harbour porpoises. Since I’ve never done any PAM work before this is pretty daunting! On the advice of my supervisor, I decided to attend Seiche Training’s PAM Level 1 course last week in order to get to grips with PAMGuard, one of the most widely used PAM softwares.
I recently started a job at Bristol Aquarium as a guest experience assistant, so I thought I’d take you on a virtual tour of the place, starting with the biggest tank in the aquarium, the natives tank.
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.
We said goodbye to J a week ago, which really started to feel like the beginning of the end of our time here. This week we’ve had three pretty successful ocean days, including catching an adult male hawksbill to set our second satellite tracker on.
Hi! I recently adapted my post on Becoming a British Diver for The Marine Diaries blog, where it is now titled The Hidden Treasures of Britain’s Seas. It’s a much better incarnation of the original post, and I’d love it if you’d go go check it out! They’ve also got loads of other great posts on diving and marine biology careers, including some really cool interviews.
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).
In June 2015 I joined the Ionian Dolphin Project (IDP) run by the Tethys Research Institute for a week. This is a long-term research project on the bottlenose dolphins in the Ambravikos Gulf and other dolphins and marine mammals in the waters around Kalamos.