July 2020 Hello #WalkingShark supporters! Sorry for the delay between updates, but #WalkingSharks is officially done! Well, sort of...all of the data has been collected, analysed, and written up. Next step, publication! I'm currently preparing the paper to be submitted it to a scientific journal. This process can take quite a long time, but we are almost ready to submit it. Once submitted, the paper will go out to a few experts in the field who will give feedback and decide if the paper is ready. From there, I edit it and when they decide it is ready, we are there! If you would like to know more about the publication process or more specific information about the manuscript, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another important update, all of my epaulettes are happy and healthy in their new homes! All sharks did extremely well with transport, and arrived safe and sound in the new locations. Many went to a shark facility in New South Wales were they now have a ton of space and are apparently loving it. For anyone local to Townsville, you can find two of our females in the first exhibit at ReefHQ! We got an update just a few days ago and they are so happy in their new home.
Finally, I need to give a massive THANK YOU to all of the #WalkingShark supporters!!!! This project would never have happened without the help from all of you wonderful people. I want to give a specific shout out to all the volunteers of this project. These people suffered through long (and odd) hours in the field as well as worked extremely hard in the lab to make sure our epaulettes were happy and healthy during this project. Hannah Epstein, Sara Keltie, Floriaan Devloo-Delva, Brooke D'Alberto, Sybille Hess, Lindsey Leathers, Teresa Valerio Hipolito, Christine Roper, Emily Higgins, Charlotte Heacock, Adriana Gonzalez Pestana, Teish Prescott, David Abercrombie and anyone else I missed. These people are absolute legends, and were so incredibly important to the success of this project.
Keep an eye out for updates regarding the publication over the coming months and thank you again for all of your support! Nay TJ, Longbottom RJ, Gervais CR, Johansen JL, Rummer JL, Steffensen JF, Hoey AS. Microhabitat use and temperature utilization in a coral reef flat specialist, Hemiscyllium ocellatum. (Accepted with minor revisions in Journal of Fish Biology).
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