Inspiring words and awesome video edit from one of our research interns claire who got lucky with a visit from #sharkidnikki! 😍💙🦈 #repost@clairestrand ・・・
watching the sun rays hit her strips as she wove back and forth through the bubbles behind the mano kai, i remember thinking, “this is what life is all about” because the best part about life is being able to be a part of something so much bigger than yourself. this company that i intern for @oneoceandiving .. we do this because we want to remind people of this, because in our day to day lives it’s so easy to forget. to remind and remember just how precious this planet is and how interconnected and dependent we are on the world around us. empathy is tricky because it usually doesn’t pass our line of sight, but no matter how far away you live from the oceans, you effect nikki ☝🏼🦈 #nikkithetigershark and you matter to her, just like she should matter to you. for the sake of our species and hers, it’s time we start turning the fear and the misconceptions into fascination and a drive to learn more and do more as a collective living unit. coexistence with sharks and all apex predators is 100% possible and it’s also necessary. this video is not scary. it’s what life looks like outside the confines of humanity. and that is powerful.
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No orca has ever killed a human in the wild yet the majority of us will watch this with utter fear. interesting isn't it? why do we fear and eagerly read the headline stories the media like to feed us, why do the masses choose to believe the hysteria over the facts and reality? how can the medias opinion control our emotions so much? experiment! let's all take a moment to watch this video again, try to reduce your anxiety that the kids will get attacked (as we know they don't) remove the video sound so the onlookers shouting not to move and their groans of distress don't influence your emotion. instead watch it again, turn the sound off and imagine these calm and intelligent mammals seek nothing from those kids except to satisfy their curiosity. imagine the orca are simply passing the kids because they too are in the water, nothing more, nothing less, they mean them no harm.. so tell me, can you do it or are you still experiencing fear when watching the video? honesty please! i'm curious.....
whatever the outcome, one things for certain, those kids will never forget that once in a lifetime moment.
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@elana13 is a masters student at the rosentstiel school of marine and atmospheric science at the university of miami. elana’s research focuses on shark immunology. the goal of her project is to isolate acute phase reactants in the nurse shark (ginglymostoma cirratum), specifically c-reactive protein. measurements of this protein may provide a way to assess shark health in wild populations when cross-referenced with the other metrics currently collected during shark workups. elana hopes that in the near future, various measurements like this can be used to learn more about wild shark populations, their health status, and how they are being affected by changing environments. the photos show elana sampling blood from various shark species, which is later analyzed for total protein, differential leukocyte counts, and plasma collection. also seen is a gel electrophoresis photo from her lab notebook. most of her time is actually spent in the lab running a pcr or isolating rna!.
we concentrated much of our efforts on quickly gathering the hundreds of pieces of polystyrene that were in the tide line, about to get carried out to sea. but we did find some egg cases.
we also discovered a baby snake, unfortunately post mortem.
the majority of the cases we found were twineyed, which seems to be our most abundant find, despite us never catching them during our tag and release research trips. our interns also studied our sample egg cases (as pictured) to see the differences.
according to iucn, the twineyed skate is one of the most abundant skates in the world. fishbase state that the species often follows large objects.
a male queen coris wrasse (coris formosa), another one of the 500+ fish species recently recorded during a rapid biodiversity assessment, carried out by researchers and our d’arros research centre team.
this species of fish is widely distributed in the western indian ocean, from the southern red sea to natal, south africa and east to sri lanka. adults are found in weedy and algae rich areas near seagrass beds and at depths between 2– 45 metres, where it feeds on hard-shelled prey, including crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins.
¡científicos han identificado la primera especie de tiburón omnívoro conocida! ¿qué significa esto? ¡se ha descubierto que estos tiburones comen carne y plantas!
un artículo reciente publicado por leigh et al. (2018) mostró que las dietas de tiburón cabeza de pala (sphyrna tiburo, una especie de tiburón martillo) incluyen pastos marinos. aunque también se alimentan de cangrejos, camarones, caracoles y peces óseos, ¡el 60% de los tiburones estudiados también contenía algas marinas en sus vientres! eso significa que estos tiburones, que se encuentran en las aguas poco profundas del pacífico oriental, el atlántico occidental y el golfo de méxico, son los primeros tiburones omnívoros en ser identificados.
estos hallazgos no solo invalidan la creencia generalizada de que los tiburones son máquinas de matar sedientos de sangre en busca de carne, sino que también arrojan luz sobre la diversidad entre los tiburones. ¡estos datos también resaltan cuánto más tenemos que aprender, descubrir y entender acerca de estos peces!