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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...

The Daintree

access the original blog post for the Save Our Seas Foundation here BY BARBARA WUERINGER, 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 The Daintree River is surrounded by lush rainforest. Photo © Barbara Wueringer | Sharks And Rays Australia Native species of taro and freshwater mangroves...

The saw-less sawfish?

Access the original blog post written by Barbara for the Save Our Seas Foundation here. SOSF PROJECT: SAWFISH SAFEHOUSE BY BARBARA WUERINGER, 17 JUNE 2016 The first time I saw a sawfish, I was mesmerised. The question that sprang instantly to mind – and also the one...

Sawfish art work by Sue Ryan

Last week we were fortunate to visit Sue Ryan in her studio near Tomoulin, Far North Queensland. Sue had just finished her sawfish figure. It measures 4.5m long and was comissioned by the Glasgow museum. The frame of the sawfish was made from a chicken wire and...

Humble beginnings

Access the original blog post written by Barbara for the Save Our Seas Foundation here BY BARBARA WUERINGER, 23 FEBRUARY 2016 ‘So what do you do?’ ‘I’m a biologist. I work with sawfish.’ ‘Starfish, really? How exciting!’ ‘No, no, SAWFISH! You know, its body looks like...

The fate of amputee sawfish

Read more about our recent paper in the press release by Murdoch University, which is copied below. http://media.murdoch.edu.au/murdoch-researchers-highlight-the-cruelty-of-amputating-sawfish-rostra Murdoch researchers highlight the cruelty of amputating sawfish...

Sawfish species identification flyer

Our collaboration with the Sawfish Conservation Society has resulted in this species identification flyer for Queensland's sawfishes. We will be distributing it on our upcoming trips in Far North Queensland and the Cape York Peninsula. If you would like some paper...

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/