Archive For The “Conservation” Category

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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Octopus release goes swimmingly!

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Octopus release goes swimmingly!

After a temporary stay at Macduff Marine Aquarium, this octopus was carefully transported back to the sea so that she would have time to find a mate and complete her lifecycle.

In the video below you can find out how …

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Glow in the dark shark!

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Glow in the dark shark!

In my tenth shark piece for the Guardian I report on a recently discovered deep sea shark that glows in the dark…

Light emitted by a new species of lanternshark, Etmopterus lailae, is camouflage and helps them to hunt, communicate

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Giving Fiji’s Shark God a Helping Hand

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Giving Fiji’s Shark God a Helping Hand

In this Guardian blog I take a closer look at the Marine Protected Areas in Fiji, specifically the Shark Reef Marine Reserve in the Beqa Channel.

Legend has it that Dakuwaqa, the ancient shark god, provides protection for the people

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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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Hammer-time!

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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 …

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Sea Shepherd UK; Seals & Salmon Fisheries

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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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“Hope”

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“Hope”

On the 4th of February 2014, at around 11:30 am I was at work at the Macduff Marine Aquarium, as I cleaned the ‘nursery’ tank (a display set up to house shark and skate egg cases as well …

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