- Water sampling -
It has been a busy summer, here are a couple of photos of one of our researchers (Steph Bennington) sampling water at the northern bays of Banks Peninsula. In order to contribute to the conservation of Hector's dolphins we must look at the broader picture understanding all of the processes that occur in their environment. Water samples are taken at the surface and middle of the water column for nutrient content analysis (nitrate, phosphate and ammonia). With these data we can evaluate the effects of human activities such as aquaculture in coastal ecosystems and their effect in marine mammal species.
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I telly think the people that helped out should get a knighthood equivalent I'm sure the whales would vote for that 🐳 ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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In connection with the massive whale stranding that takes places in the last days, i have a maybe life-saving question...please forgive me if this sounds naive, i am not an engineer nor do i know much about physics and so on...but if this happens more often (i read that more then 300 whales and dolphins per year, strand anyway on the southern islands)...did anyone thought about something like a underwater-border at those exposed places? To make an example, a long line of stakes, with a bit space between them, would allow the smaller fishes to still come through, but it would held at large the big ones, like dolhpins, whales and also sharks? In my logic, you would save hunderds of animals every year with something like this...what do you think about? ... See MoreSee Less

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