A great year for shark science. Congrats to my dive mentor Medel Silvosa on his contribution to #9! 

the-ring-0f-fire asked:

Hi I'm currently gathering research for my EPQ on the role of sharks in our oceans why we need top predators in ecosystems and was wondering if you'd know anyone or any links to some good resources thank you very much and keep up the good work :)

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:


Anonymous asked:

This will probably seem like a silly question, but what efforts do you think have contributed most to the efforts on preventing the cultural use of shark fin in dishes like shark fin soup?

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.

Read about the gaps in understanding the gargantuan and yet oddly mysterious whale shark. Indeed, where are all the ladies at?

lyfeforms asked:

Hey I am a freshman in college and I'm intending on majoring in marine biology. I've always loved every aspect of the ocean but what I'd really like to focus on is coral reef preservation and sharks. I am thinking of studying abroad in Australia through my college. Do you have any advice or thoughts on going to Australia? I mean for coral reef studies and shark studies I think it's a good place to go but do you have any other countries that would be good?

I think Oz sounds like a great place to study either in terms of Academic infrastructure. There are some very well renown Universities there. I haven’t studied there but you could always ask marine-science or ~eduardo - for some advice!