What's your favorite thing about being a young professional in this day and age?
From your experiences, did you have any problem finding a job because of your major?
Personal question. You've mentioned a few times that you didn't ~love~ college or find your soul mate best friends there. I was just wondering what, given your experience, your advice to college students who feel a bit lost and stressed out would be? Thanks :) -Emily
What do you think about OCEARCH?
A few things to know about OCEARCH: They are a corporate-funded organization that allows scientists from all over the world to come aboard (even a few from our nearby MOTE, Dr. Nick Whitney and Dr. Bob Hueter) and tag these sharks. They also have a reality TV show that showcases their endeavors to the larger public.
Personally, I do not have an issue with both their research tactics or their approach to promoting their work. This is my own opinion and I hope everyone can respect it.
Research: Other shark researcher labs/organizations use a platform that is similar to that of OCEARCH (just look at RJD at University of Miami). While some leave the animals mostly submerged, I can see why even giving these giants a little “wiggle room” can be dangerous- both for the shark and scientists working. OCEARCH pumps water over the gills and puts a cloth over the eyes (to reduce stress), which is sort of similar. Would these research trips be possible without OCEARCH? Probably not. But, as with all science, improvement should always been sought! Nothing is perfect! So, we must always be searching for a better the method!
Promoting their work: Yes, their media coverage is all about flashy pictures of the sharks and great “you had to be there” shots. But, if they make sure that the shark’s safety is the number one priority (rather than some shot) I see no problem. If you can get both cool shots and allow scientists to do their work in a timely and effective manner, have at it.
And, for those who do not agree with shark tagging, I’m sorry, but we need to track sharks to see what areas they utilize most to specifically protect said areas (amongst other reasons).
(Note: These are my own opinions, OCEARCH has not paid me in any way to say anything. I am an advocate for sound science, safety of the animals and minimally invasive ways of tagging/studying them.)
What is your opinion/perspective on sport fishing for sharks? Is there room for a well regulated sport fishery?
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