This is going to be fun!

The elasmobranch (Shark and Ray) team had a bit of an outing this past weekend, Mel, Dave and I took one of the Uni boats up the harbour for a bit of a reconnaissance mission checking out locations for our receivers. Here we are, on the first of many outings (it was freezing!) (Photo ©Mel Kellett) As a fairly shallow harbour for the most part, a significant proportion of the margins are exposed at low tide, meaning that we have to locate the receivers carefully. With such strong sun in the summer, exposure at low tide may cause them to overheat and malfunction which we don't want! We're also condending with strong currents in places, noise from the port, lots of recreational users, and a com

and it begins...

I did it! After over a year of planning, writing, rewriting, applying and waiting I've finally started this thing! Based at the Waikato University Coastal Marine Field station in Tauranga New Zealand, I'll be studying the ecology of the Batoid elasmobranchs (rays) in Tauranga harbour. New Zealand has few species of these iconic critters, the short-tail stingray (Dasyatis brevicaudata) and the eagle ray (Myliobatis tenuicaudatus) being the most well recognised. I'll post some species profiles at some point when I get a bit of time. So what am I going to be studying? This is still very much in the infancy stages, theres an idea, some animals and a huge area, so whatever I write about today wil

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