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Sawfish or sawshark?

By Paddy Burke (Sharks4Kids ambassador & PhD student at Macquarie University, @Patrick_Burke) The ocean is filled with so many incredible creatures, incredible and bizarre. Many of these fish have evolved under similar pressures which have led them to...

Wrapping up 2018

SARA was founded with the goal to contribute to elasmobranch science in Queensland and Australia, while also working with people from all walks of life. Documenting the status quo through data collection is an important duty of science. But the people that we meet in...

Playing the food web game

In early November 2018, Sharks4Kids and Sharks And Rays Australia embarked on a joint mission to visit schools around Far North Queensland to talk to the kids about sawfish. Throughout the year, we had finalised developing our ‘North Australian Food Web...

Accelerometer tags on a sawfishes’ saw

 We were out in the waters of the Mitchell River, near the Indigenous community of Kowanyama. Every day we would wake at 3am ready for a 4am start of setting nets on the river. After a 7hr sampling session, we’d eat and rest and then run another sampling session in...

A student internship – Part 2 by Grace McNicholas

The next morning, we woke to strong winds and white horses on the river, which up until now had been as flat as a pancake. We later discovered an extreme wind warning had been issued for nearby marine areas, but outside of the reach of even the coastguard...

A student internship – Part 1. by Grace McNicholas

It’s safe to say, each of us were equally as excited to be part of an all-female team representing women in science. Our international research team consisted of myself (Grace), a visiting Master’s student from the University of York (UK), conducting a...

Sawfish at the Cairns Museum

In August 2018, Sharks And Rays Australia and the Cairns Museum jointly organized a sawfish afternoon at the museum, for National Science Week. Kier Shorey from ABC Far North radio ran a story, and Daniel Bateman wrote an amazing article for the Weekend Post. I am...

Sawfish – the forgotten sea monsters

Sharks And Rays Australia and the Cairns Museum are teaming up for National Science Week 2018 and we're asking you to help us to gather information on the occurrence of some of the largest but rarest fish in Far North Queensland's waters! Sawfish were once...

When art meets conservation

When I heard that Pangea Seed Foundation was considering to use Cairns as the canvas for their first Australian Sea Walls event, I was really excited. The foundation had been doing amazing work over many years, and after meeting Akira Biondo at a conference on sharks...

Saws

This blog post was originally published as a project update for the Save Our Seas Foundation. You can access the original post here. Sometimes working with endangered species can be difficult. Personally, I have a lot of respect for my fellow elasmobranch biologists...

SeaWalls 2018 Welcome

SARA welcomes the Sea Walls artists to Cairns! Here, at Sharks And Rays Australia we are super excited to have you wonderful people visit Cairns on your inspirational mission to create artwork for marine conservation! My name is Barbara and I am the...

Outreach, outreach, outreach

By Barbara Wueringer Even if your research is extremely meaningful, there is a high chance that most people outside of your field have never heard of it. Even if your study species is extremely endangered, unless it is a cute flagship species (think panda,...

Release a sawfish video

Our friends over at NESP (Northern Environmental Science Program) and Charles Darwin University have created an awesome video on how to release sawfish safely! Safety is important, both for you when handling a sawfish but also for the animal to get back in the water...

Sawfish, stingrays and SARA

By Rebecca Bateman-John (insta: @rebeccabj_captured) When I first applied to volunteer with Sharks and Rays Australia (SARA) on a sawfish expedition, I was mostly thinking that it would be a fantastic opportunity to get some more field research experience...

Delta Downs Expedition (Part Two) by Liz Xanthopoulos

by Liz Xanthopolous, A visitor to this time   Home became the banks of the river, which had a 3 metre steep elevation from the water, so we were completely safe from said Jurassic creatures creeping up and snatching one of us while we slept. We found a large...

Delta Downs Expedition 2016 (Part One) by Liz Xanthopoulos

by Liz Xanthopoulos, A visitor to this time    “Don’t think about, just go!” was the last thing Hannah said to me before I took a deep breath and flung myself over the side of the boat landing in shin deep, crocodile infested waters. What happened next is kind of...

2016 in review

I am sitting in my office in Cairns. When I look out of the window I can see dark clouds hanging in the sky, bringing with them the beginning of the wet season. As our remote field sites can only be accessed by dirt road, these clouds indicate the end of our field...

The other side of fieldwork

Access the original blog post written for the Save Our Seas Foundation here By Barbara Wueringer One of the goals of my project was to find out if sawfish are or have the potential to be a flagship species for the geographical region and ecosystems that they are found...

Media

Articles involving SARA and our research!

January 2019: ABC Perth, Pictures of sawfish – dead or alive – needed from citizen scientists to help understand decline. Link

January 2019: SBS online. Experts warn Australian sawfish close to dying out. Link

January 2019: The West, Australian sawfish close to extinction. Link

Win TV FNQ local news January 08, 2019

ABC News on the 24 hr News channel, January 09, 2019

November 2018: ABC News on a fatal shark bite incident in Cid Harbour, Whitsundays, Qld. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-07/queensland-tourism-operator-concern-cid-harbour-shark-attacks/10470960

October 2018: Australian geographic voices experts opinions on shark attacks https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2018/10/experts-weigh-in-on-the-whitsundays-shark-encounters/

September 2017: Dr Wueringer is interviewed for an article on the rescue of 40 sawfish pups in the NT

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2017/09/rangers-save-40-endangered-sawfish-pups-from-dry-waterhole

July 2017: Gallery in Australian Geographic displaying a saw-less sawfish we caught in the same month.

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2017/08/the-endangered-sawfish/

August 2014: Article in Australian geographic on the hunting abilities of sawfish https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2014/08/sawfish-uses-snout-to-find-and-stun-prey/

June 2011: Article in National Geographic on the hunting abilities of sawfish. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/06/110616-sawfish-snout-sixth-sense-animals-environment-science/