There is lots I wanted to talk about this week and wasn’t sure where to start. There has been quite a lot of interesting marine mammal and marine developments going on.
What has most excited me and come back into the news a lot is the expansion of the marine protected area in the Pacific – Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument – which has been massively expanded through President Obamau…
- 28th September
- 20th September
The meeting took place recently in Slovenia with over 60 member countries in attendance. Here are some of the issues and resolutions that came up for discussion and vote at the meeting.
International Court of Justice Ruling
The previous ruling by International Court of Justice (ICJ) earlier this year that Japan’s “scientific whaling” is illegal still stands and therefore no further permits for…
- 11th September
Did whale evolution keep the unconnected “floating” hip bone due to sexual selection? They have not been lost over evolutionary time as would be expected vestigial of bones serving no function so…have they remained to serve some function? Indeed they have believe scientists at the University of Southern California and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
The cetacean pelvic bones…
- 4th September
A newly published paper in PLoS ONE has revealed that two new species have been discovered off the coast of south-east Australia and….AND they may be from a whole new branch on the Tree Of Life! Not fitting into any of the known Animal Kingdom divisions.
How blooming exciting is that!!
There is a newly names genus – Dendrogramma, a newly names family – Dendrogrammatidaeand the two new species…
- 28th August
- 14th August
The worlds smallest cetacean (reaching lengths of only 4-5 ft.) and limited to a small home range in Baja, California is in dire straits. The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a notoriously shy and difficult to study therefore underwater acoustic technology has been utilised by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita to monitor their latest numbers. This study revealed their numbers…
- 7th August
Unfortunately I don’t have a big new blog post for you this week as I have been travelling back to London and with all the lack of sleep, jet lag, and puppy love I have not been able to write a post up to completion.
I however have several ideas lined up that will come about next week for you all to read! Some ideas for posts include the following:
- More Current and Topical Issues
- Crowd Funding
- 31st July
A little change of pace with this post as I reach out to you. Yes You, out there!
How do you find focus and keep it? What do you do in order to keep going on one topic for hours? Especially in this world of continuous bombardment from social media, 24 hour news and a growing inability to “switch off” from everything.
You all know I love what I do as a career. I do however find it a struggle to…
- 24th July
I have had the opportunity to work on a few different platforms during my brief time as a marine biologist and all of them have their ups and downs; with some I favour over others. In this post I thought I would go into a little detail on the pros and cons of different vessel sizes.
View from a small vessel with a gray whale off the bow.
- 17th July
Back in December 2013 I as approached my Nick Askew of Conservation Careers website. He asked if I would be willing to share my conservation career story for his growing career information website. Of course, I agreed as I am happy to get my story out there and hope it helps other who are starting out in this field or who think it may be the one for them.