✨🙌Awesome Happy NEWS! 📢🐻We're going back to the home of Quokkas next month to finally publish the happiest book in the world! We have been given the help and resources to make it a reality. Starting two years ago I put my heart and soul in trying to raise interest and funding, but both campaigns failed. If you keep trying the world will eventually notice your determination. We finally have lift off and the adventure is only beginning. #HappyQuokkaMonday @quokkahub
As the weather warms up here in Perth, the G&T's start flowing!!Ensure your supply is sound and head to www.highspiritsdistillery.com.au to restock your shelves and prevent sudden onset of Noginophobia
Getting closer to summer field work down in the Bremer Sub-Basin & we can't wait to get back out there and monitor more of our bubble-blowing friends! 💦
Until then, we'll keep chipping away at all our data in the lab 🤓 🔬👩🏼🔬📉
In the fast paced and often chaotic life that most of us lead these days it's important to slow down sometimes and just look around us. I made a conscious decision recently to slow my life down and take the time to actually see what was around me. To look and see. Part of this has meant taking public transport and instead of spending that time glued to social media I actually look out the windows at what's happening in the world around me. This photo was taken from the window of the bus 🚌 it's a park I've never even seen before and on this sunny Perth morning it certainly made me smile 😃
~ORCA FUN FACT FRIDAY~
Killer whales are apex predators- they are at the top of the food chain. And whilst this means we get to witness such encounters as this one- a predation upon a beaked whale in 2016 seen in the Bremer Sub Basin- this also means that as they sit at the top of the food chain, they are susceptible to an increase in toxins in their tissues due to processes of bioaccumulation and biomagnification.
And what this means in basic terms is killer whales can be some of the most toxic animals in our oceans! ☢️🐋☢️
In 2016, a killer whale named Lulu stranded and died in Scotland waters. Necropsy results showed Lulu had one of the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollution ever recorded in the species! 🐋
Analysis of Lulu’s blubber revealed PCB concentrations 80 times higher than the accepted PCB toxicity threshold for marine mammals. High PCB levels are linked to poor health, impaired immune function, increased susceptibility to cancers and infertility.
Once PCBs get into the marine environment, they are difficult if not impossible to remove. They accumulate through food webs and persist over time. Killer whales, which can live for many decades and feed right at the top of the food chain, are particularly susceptible to their effects.
In a global review of marine apex predators, the killer whale remains one of the most PCB-contaminated mammalian species and is likely to be impacted throughout their entire global range (Jepson and Law 2016). 🐋🌏
Going forward, the most important actions will be to identify sources of current PCB contamination and to avoid any more input into the oceans and seas. To do so, several processes and treaties have been set up at both the global and regional level. Complete, proactive implementation of their conclusions will improve the fate of marine animals and their environment. Such decisive actions are required to protect the incredible creatures swimming below the surface in all our oceans. 🐋☢️
Hope you enjoyed a detailed Fun Fact Friday! We sure enjoy sharing our knowledge.
Any requests for us to touch on in the coming weeks? 🐋🌎🌊☣️🌱🌏 #projectorca#killerwhaleresearchaustralia