Shark Savers have a nice overview of the role sharks play in maintaining ecosystem balance, but even more handy is the “Additional Resources” link at the bottom of the page where they cite all the references. A great starting point:
I don’t know much about aquariums… if that’s what you want to explore more you should ask Ben!
If it’s other marine biology internships, perhaps some of my lovely followers can make some recommendations?
Safety in Numbers? Not So for Corals
"The last 10 thousand years have been especially beneficial for corals. Acropora species, such as table coral, elkhorn coral and staghorn coral, were favored in competition due to their rapid growth. This advantageous rapid growth may have been attained in part by neglecting investment in few defenses against predation, hurricanes, or warm seawater. Acropora species have porous skeletons, extra thin tissue, and low concentrations of carbon and nitrogen in their tissues. The abundant corals have taken an easy road to living a rich and dominating life during the present interglacial period, but the payback comes when the climate becomes less hospitable.”
University of Hawaii (2013, November 15). Safety in numbers? Not so for corals. ScienceDaily.
Silly Acropora cut corners in Evolution class.
More experience/ volunteering :)
The more you do, the more skills you’ll develop and the more employable/ useful/ well rounded you’ll be!
I’ve heard excellent things about Scripps but am not that familiar with the details of it’s programmes.
Sounds like you’re on a good track - best of luck!
Firstly, I would try to sit, think, research what “something involving marine life” actually is. Try to define it to a type of work you’re interested in. Look at University courses you want to take (if that is the route you want to go down), check out their entry requirements and adjust your classes accordingly.
You might find that down the line you find other animals just as interesting, if not more, than dolphins. Take lots of sciences and don’t close any doors on yourself.
It all really depends on what job you have and whether you like it and the people you work with.
I find my job fun and rewarding because I love the work and the people. I work for this company, and by nature, marine conservation work is very varied. You have to be flexible, able to react to changes in political or social climate, environmental situations etc.
If you have a passion for what you do, you’ll enjoy it more :)
Try and narrow down what you are interested in, in the marine biological world. Ask specific questions and advice. Ask where you can get some work experience. Use them as a tool to get what you want, not people who are going to tell you what to do.
Here’s a nice summary of some options: http://www.marinecareers.net/field_marinebiology.php
This is totally not a silly question.
I think it’s been the result of over a decade of active education and awareness campaigns. Teaching children the ecological importance of sharks, using celebrities to brand the practice untrendy, exposing the scale and brutality of the industry through undercover photojournalism, preventing transport by lobbying airlines not to carry fins as cargo.
It’s been slow growing progress, like any social change, but I think we’re seeing the tide turn on the harvesting of sharks for their fins. I’m not saying the problem is ok now, but that momentum against it is picking up pace.
True(ish) facts about the Angler Fish
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