Sunday, October 22, 2017

Shark Dive Videos!

The only acceptable Shark soup indeed!

Stunning - and captured whilst following our normal procedures!
Enjoy!





PS: And by the way.
Turns out that that small male (!) Maskray at 6:37ff in the first video may well be a species of interest!
I've now spent the better part of the day conversing with prominent Elasmo taxonomists - and the consensus is that this may be something akin to, but quite possibly different from the recently described N. trigonoides (and here) in the Neotrygon species complex.
 
With that in mind, should you have any pics or video of Bluespotted Maskrays from Fiji, please do forward them to the excellent people of Shark Search Indopacific.
Thank you!

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Bulls of Beqa !


Thank you so much Melinda!

This is really, really nice.
Melinda is a repeat visitor - and it really shows as she understands, and has pretty much nailed what we do, and why.
Much appreciated, really!

Enjoy!
 

Gombessa IV - The Science!

Source.

Remember?

So here is Johann's post.
Like I said, totally, utterly and ridiculously amazing!
And Yannis most certainly agrees.



Enjoy!
 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sixgill Stingray - Video!


Way cool!
I didn't even know they existed = it just goes to show that one learns something new every day!
Post here - enjoy!



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bull Shark Selfie!



The question being, is this legit?
Christian is an accomplished photo pro who can modify an image in any way he pleases - but having witnessed this specific dive and his photo rig, my vote goes for this being the real thing!
Anyway, very nice!

And the mentioned research?
It's got to do with this, and with how those findings relate to our own activities at Shark Reef. I said back then that we would investigate - and we are!

To be continued - keep watching this space!
 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mrs. Jaws - New Article!

Great pic by Ozzie Sam - click for detail! 

Check this out!



I must really say that I find this an excellent idea!
To wit, Juerg and Charlie's latest little publication about our serial observations of Mrs. Jaws: maybe a bit lean for a conventional scientific publication but certainly interesting - or not?

And there are also videos!
Methinks this one where she was swimming around with a fishing popper lure is when the whole fiasco with the chronic infection really started to get serious - and this recent one with the grotesquely deformed jaw breaks my heart whenever I see it, as it really bodes ill for her faculty to feed successfully. Here's to me being mistaken - but we haven't seen her in a while and I'm frankly not very hopeful alas!

Anyway.
Enjoy the paper!
 

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Und schon wieder was auf Deutsch!



Alles in allem prima recherchiert, bravo.
Aber Katja ist weder Taucherin noch Biologin, und da haben sich halt doch ein paar Fehler eingeschlichen. Das beschriebene Angriffsverhalten, die Angriffs-Statistiken und Jaws beziehen sich auf Weisse Haie und nicht Bullenhaie; die Europäische Flotte im Südpazifik ist winzig = so um die 5 Boote, die stark reguliert und sicherlich mitnichten das Hauptproblem sind; und unser Staatshaushalt beträgt über 2 Milliarden, da sind die 15 Millionen in Steuern vergleichsweise irrilevant - leider!
Und ich bin auch ganz bestimmt kein Schweizer! :)

Aber eben - sonst alles sehr nett!
Viel Spass beim Lesen!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Gaping Tiger Shark - Awesome!


How cool is this!



He is disturbing a predation event, and this is agonistic behavior = the Tiger is likely seeing him as a potential competitor and clearly telling him to piss off.
Amazing defensive behavior by the Turtle, too! :)
 
Story here.
 

Poaching in the Galapagos Islands!



Amazing.
Story here and here, brilliant article about a brilliant investigation by Global Fishing Watch here!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Sharks vs Humpback Whale!


Wow.

Remember this paper about Bulls killing a Whale?
Now, some Bull Sharks (and possibly Tigers and OWTs?) appear to have attacked and killed a Humpback calf in Haapai, Tonga. Very interesting - and big kudos to the good folks at Whale Discoveries for their impassioned and respectful report.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Projects Abroad - Roughing it in Fiji!


Behold!
Life as a volunteer is, quite obviously, Hard Hard Hard!







So, what are you waiting for! :)
 

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Tom im Weser Kurier!

Click for detail!

Tom: ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch, und vielen Dank !
Meine Mutter kam aus Bremen = für mich persönlich ist der Artikel im Weser Kurier was ganz Besonderes!