My radio reports from the International Marine Conservation Congress on sharks, ocean acidification and eco-branding. A scientist recounts her under-cover foray into a black-market fin shop. And, why — cute as they are — otters aren’t for everyone.
Q: When is the lead author of a paper published in Science not allowed to comment on the subject?
A: When she works for Canada’s federal government. In this case, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
I find squid pretty inherently interesting. They’re believed to be smart, and I’d call them beautiful, but they’re also so alien to our terrestrial, vertebrate selves. Even more interesting, or perhaps alarming, is what’s happening with the Humboldt squid in B.C. waters.
When I worked on B.C.’s Central Coast, seeing a humpback whale was a rare treat. They’re huge, but far more acrobatic than their grey whale cousins we were studying. The good news is: seeing a humpback whale in the North Pacific isn’t as rare anymore.