Save Our Seas Winter 2018 - Issue 09

The Save Our Seas magazine is a visual celebration of the projects the Save Our Seas Foundation is supporting around the world. Powerful and unique imagery highlight the incredible diversity and beauty of nature, and the impact that we, humans, have on the Oceans. We thrive to produce both a reference magazine for marine conservation bonding compelling visuals and revealing content, and a driver for optimism, showcasing the ripple effect that one organisation can have in the world of ocean conservation. «In the effort to protect our oceans, the Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats.» Save Our Seas Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

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Andrew Chin Growing up miles from the sea amid the skyscrapers of Singapore didn’t keep Andrew from an unerring enthusiasm for the ocean. The shark-obsessed child poring over dive magazines and hooked on natural history documentaries grew up to complete a PhD on blacktip reef sharks and found the Oceania Chondrichthyan Society. Andrew is an AIMS@JCU postdoctoral research fellow studying the connectivity and management of hammerhead sharks. He is also working on a project to develop the Australian Shark Information System and Report Card, and in 2017 he launched Shark Search Indo-Pacific to assess sharks and rays across the region. He is a scientific advisor to the Save Our Seas Foundation. Nigel Downing As a PhD student, Nigel scoured the rivers of Senegal for sawfishes in numbers that at the time he took…

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The question of how one can contribute to conservation often arises in discussions. My answer is to start at home! Everyone today has a responsibility to adapt their own lifestyle and behaviour and to take simple steps towards a healthier and more responsible relationship with the environment so that their ecological footprint is reduced. Becoming informed is far easier today than it was a few decades ago, and once again education starts at home by sharing information with family and one’s circle of influence. Nothing makes me happier than to take my son Elliot snorkelling, especially with sharks. Seeing his smile and lack of nervousness demonstrates to me how our ideas and behaviour are modelled by our family, social and cultural environments. Many island cultures (those of Fiji, Hawaii, Cook, Marshall,…

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where we work 2018

SOSF Centres 1 D’Arros Research Centre, Seychelles | Clare & Ryan Daly 2 Shark Education Centre, South Africa | Eleanor Yeld Hutchings 3 Shark Research Center, USA | Mahmood Shivji AFRICA SENEGAL 4 Sawfish Expedition in the Casamance River | Nigel Downing SEYCHELLES 5 Juvenile Sharks | Ornella Weideli 6 Lemon Shark | Evan Byrnes 7 Reef Manta Ray | Lauren Peel & Guy Stevens 8 Stingrays | Chantel Elston 9 Turtles | Jeanne Mortimer 10 University of Seychelles | Terence Vel SOUTH AFRICA 11 Shark Spotters | Sarah Waries 12 ATAP | Paul Cowley 13 White Shark Population | Dylan Irion OCEANIA AUSTRALIA 14 Sawfishes | Barbara Wueringer PAPUA NEW GUINEA 15 Sawfishes | William White AMERICAS BAHAMAS 16 Bimini Biological Field Station | Kristene Parsons & Samuel Gruber 17 Sawfishes | Dean Grubbs CANADA 18 Cetacea Lab | Janie Wray & Hermann Meuter ECUADOR 19 Education in the Galápagos | Daniela Vilema MEXICO 20 Sawfishes | Ramón Bonfil USA 21 Blacktip Shark…

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frequency of bleaching alarms scientists

Scientists have found that coral bleaching events are occurring more frequently, with the intervals between major bleaching episodes now as short as six years. The finding, published by Terry Hughes from the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and a host of co-authors in Science in 2018, points to an increased likelihood of annual bleaching in the future. Coral bleaching is a response by corals to environmental stress, usually an increase in water temperature. The zooxanthellae, or tiny algae that live in the coral tissues and generate food by photosynthesis, are expelled and the remaining coral skeleton appears white. Although not dead, bleached corals are severely compromised. They can recover, but a shortening interval between bleaching events hinders their ability to do so.…

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finally a field guide to manta and devil rays

The first illustrated field guide to the manta and devil rays of the world was published in 2018 by Wild Nature Press. ‘Aside from the mantas, mobulids are generally a very poorly studied group of fishes. The main reason that a book like this has not been created until now is simply because not enough was known about this group of rays to write such a guide. Furthermore, the underwater images did not exist to illustrate the species in question,’ explains author Guy Stevens, founder and CEO of the Manta Trust. Together with Daniel Fernando, Marc Dando and Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Stevens has now written a 144-page field guide that opens the world of this family of rays to scientists, divers and ocean lovers alike. ‘The guide has been in…

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tracking where sharks feed

Troubling global declines in shark populations have scientists exploring different ways to manage and protect them. To protect sharks more effectively, we need to gain an adequate understanding of their life histories. What sharks are feeding on – and where they’re feeding – can help scientists to decipher how food webs are constructed and how ecosystems are interconnected. Ultimately, understanding where sharks are feeding may identify areas that are important to them and guide policies to better protect them. New research by Christopher Bird from the University of Southampton and his co-authors, published in 2018 in Nature Ecology & Evolution, investigates the feeding habits of sharks around the world. The scientists compared carbon isotopes from the muscle tissue in sharks from three different oceanic habitats: the continental shelf, the open ocean…