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Beach cleans & shark guts… it’s all rubbish

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Beach cleans & shark guts… it’s all rubbish

Alongside my work as a shark biologist, I am a volunteer for the charity Surfers Against Sewage. As part of this role I organise and participate in numerous beach cleans along the U.K. coastline, more often than not the bulk …

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Manta Rays and Mirrors…

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Manta Rays and Mirrors…

Here i discuss research conducted by Dr Csilla Ari and Dr Dominic D’Agostino on the Giant Manta Ray. Their study provides evidence for behavioural responses in Manta’s that are known to be prerequisites for self awareness in other species. Given …

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Life After Death: How we hatched live shark pups from dead females

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Life After Death: How we hatched live shark pups from dead females

Here i report on a conservation project by Sharklab-Malta that i became involved with; removing eggcases from trawl captured sharks, hatching them out and releasing them back into the wild.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2018/feb/19/life-after-death-how-we-hatched-live-shark-pups-from-dead-parents

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The Cull Controversy

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The Cull Controversy

In my sixth Guardian blog I examine the issues around the call for culls of sharks following the tragic death of a boarder in the waters off Reunion Island earlier this year.

Culls aren’t the way to balance the needs

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Taking the Plunge with Predators

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Taking the Plunge with Predators

In my latest Guardian blog I report on diving with sharks which are well known for their bold, unhesitant approach. 

Sun, sand and apex predators: taking the plunge with oceanic whitetip sharks

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When the Research is Wrong

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When the Research is Wrong

A public campaign to cull ‘invasive’ cownose rays was hugely successful. But re-examining the data revealed a horrible truth: the rays weren’t the problem. Read more in my fifth Guardian blog here:

What happens when the research underpinning conservation is

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Guardian Blogs

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Guardian Blogs

At the start of 2016 I began writing online blogs for The Guardian. My thanks goes out to the science editor for allowing me access to this platform which has enabled me to reach a wide audience and to report …

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The Real Sharknado

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The Real Sharknado

For my fourth blog instalment with The Guardian I have discussed some of the research I undertook as part of my PhD whilst reflecting on the latest shark pop culture:

“The Real Sharknado: how sharks deal with extreme weather”

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Shark Conservation in the UK

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Shark Conservation in the UK

This is my third blog for The Guardian, this time I am looking at Shark Conservation within the UK following on from the success of Fin Fighters organisation and the first ever “Shark Fest” held in the UK:

“Sharks fascinate

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A Dangerous Delicacy

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A Dangerous Delicacy

Here is my second blog piece for The Guardian, this time I am discussing Shark Fin Soup following a trip to Hong Kong which coincided with the Chinese New Year:

“Shark fin soup – a dangerous delicacy for humans and

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