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Taking the Plunge with Predators

Posted on September 6th, by Caroline Clarke in Blog Post. Comments Off on 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



The Cull Controversy

Posted on September 6th, by Caroline Clarke in Blog Post. Comments Off on 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



When the Research is Wrong

Posted on September 6th, by Caroline Clarke in Blog Post. Comments Off on 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



The Real Sharknado

Posted on December 5th, by Lauren Smith in Blog Post, Education. Comments Off on 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”



Shark Conservation in the UK

Posted on December 5th, by Lauren Smith in Blog Post, Conservation, Education. Comments Off on 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



A Dangerous Delicacy

Posted on December 5th, by Lauren Smith in Blog Post, Conservation, Education. Comments Off on 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



Guardian Blogs

Posted on December 5th, by Lauren Smith in Blog Post, marine, Sharks. Comments Off on 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 …



In Search of a Plankton Feeder

Posted on November 17th, by Lauren Smith in Blog Post, Ecotourism, Sharks, travel. Comments Off on In Search of a Plankton Feeder

The Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) can reach lengths of up to 12m and is the largest shark in British waters and the second largest in the world after the Whale Shark. Both are plankton feeders, and it is …



Hammer-time!

Posted on March 26th, by Lauren Smith in Blog Post, Conservation, Ecotourism, Sharks, travel. Comments Off on Hammer-time!

What does Hannibal Lecter, Ernest Hemmingway and I have in common? A taste for fava beans and a nice Chianti? (Chianti – yes), renowned literary skill? (pah! If only!). The answer is in fact the islands of Bimini, Bahamas situated …



Sea Shepherd UK; Seals & Salmon Fisheries

Posted on April 21st, by Lauren Smith in Blog Post, Conservation. Comments Off on Sea Shepherd UK; Seals & Salmon Fisheries

Today I headed to Gardenstown & Crovie on the Banffshire coastline in the hop of having a chat with the Sea Shepherd crew who have based themselves their in order to prevent “USAN Fisheries” who trade as The Scottish Wild …






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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. 

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...

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....