Happy shark week! Very happy that Discovery has listened to scientists and the public and are putting forward more educational programs and less mockumentaries.
In PhD news, I have finally confirmed my candidature and can move on to getting into more writing and PhD work. Confirmation went really well and a bunch of volunteers came out to see what my projects involved and for support. Also in the past month, we have gotten through many of the BRUVS videos. We have doubled the number of volunteers and now have over 550 videos have been watched from 4 countries!!! Some cool / funny things we have seen on BRUVS so far include a crab fighting with an octopus (video HERE), a hammerhead carrying the BRUVS (video and article HERE), and some interesting interactions between different sharks and rays.
I am currently working on getting all the habitat, visibility, and current data from the videos we have collected for later analysis. I am also currently writing the methods chapter for my thesis, as well as small other parts where I can. The most exciting upcoming thing is that I am going to New Orleans, Louisiana for the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists conference as part of the American Elasmobranch Society! I know a few colleagues who are also attending and I look forward to seeing them again as well as meeting many new sharky people. I will be presenting some initial data from our South Semporna, Malaysia site as well as a new method of analysing BRUVS data. I look forward to hearing feedback and opinions about this method and will let you know how it goes.
After the conference, I am going home for 2 weeks. I haven’t been home in the summer in years so I am excited for cottage life and getting some work done overlooking the lake. Also looking forward to seeing friends, family, and of course my puppies! Once I’m back in Australia the next BRUVS trip I get to go on will be to Vanuatu, somewhere I have never been so I can’t wait!
Until next time, thanks for reading and as always feel free to share and comment.