Tuesday 10 January 2012

Latest news - Dec 2011

In December, Tess and Simon attended the 19th Biennial Conference of the Society of Marine Mammalogy, held in Tampa, Florida. Over 2000 people attended from all over the world and this meeting is the biggest of its kind globally. [Conference Website]

Simon had a talk accepted and spoke about the research the NDP has been doing on bottlenose dolphins in Namibia entitled: Considering behaviour and individual identity in defining a protected area for an isolated population of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

The talk was very well received and it was great to get our research and Namibia's cetaceans on the map.

In other news:
Ruth and Simon have also managed to get a short note out on sightings of leatherback turtles and killer whales in Namibia based on collated sightings from our own work and sightings made by various tour companies. A special thanks must go to Francois Visser of Levo Tours, and Mike Lloyd and Orlanda Sandinha of Catamaran Charters for sharing their sightings with us.  Please get in touch if you'd like to get a copy of the paper.

Elwen, SH and Leeney RH. 2011 Interactions between leatherback turtles and killer whales in Namibian waters, including possible predation : short communication. S. Afr. J. of Wildlife Research.

Lastly - we're currently building our new 'proper' website which is partly why updates have been slow on here - this site will soon link to the new website and vice versa.

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