Tuesday, May 14, 2013
STOP - Hammertime!
Posted by Shark Defenders
by Annie Anderson
In my last blog you read about my experience volunteering at the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation (BBFSF). This time you’re going to hear about all sorts including a very epic shark dive!
In February this year I was fortunate enough to head back over to Bimini to help support the Sharklab with a few projects, to indulge in some relaxation, and to dive with sharks!
One of my other tasks while at the lab was to assist with data processing and input. You may remember in my previous blog how the lab takes small fin clips for DNA and stable isotope analysis when ‘working up’ sharks? All data taken needs to be entered into the labs database so every clip (a finger nail size piece of shark fin) is placed into small bags with a piece of paper stating crucial information such as shark species, length, sex, location, and date of capture. Samples are refrigerated before being shipped to New York and Canada for analysis by collaborators Dr. Demian Chapman & Dr. Nigel Hussey. As you can imagine this is quite a smelly job. To date the Sharklab has collected over 4000 DNA samples from lemon sharks. That’s a serious lemon shark family tree expanding by the day!
In my next blog I’ll be writing about my recent experience with Blacktip sharks, a little more on some of the BBFSF team and how YOU can help support their work, even from your armchair :)
Annie Anderson is the founder of Sharks Need Love. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger. More photos from Sharklab are posted to Shark Defenders Facebook Page. You can follow Sharklab on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates from the station.