Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons and TFUI Founder Melissa recently met at a conference and hit it off with a mutual love of #flatsharks. Joni was kind enough to allow TFUI to interview her on her experiences with tagging rays, her MSc project and her newest endeavour: the Stingray Diaries!
The Stingray Diaries aims to make people as cr-RAY-zy about rays as anyone else who loves these majestic sea flap-flaps. If you live in Jervis Bay, Australia, you can help out Joni and the Stingray Diaries by reporting a sighting of short-tail stingrays.
Tagging sharks during college is one of my favorite memories from college, so I jumped at the chance to interview one of the current members of the Shark Research and Conservation lab at the University of Miami about tags and why they tag sharks. Alex Anstett is a co-media manager, research intern, and photographer in the lab and answered some questions for me.
Different tags means different data are being collected. We’ll be discussing telemetry tags at length in this post, which help scientists discover what animals are doing, where they go, and what their environments are like when away from prying eyes. These tags come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Whether the tag is attached inside or outside, and how it is attached depends on the animal, the tag type, and what the researcher is studying.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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