I had many a great lecturer back in the day, but one I remember for his arduous field trips. Professor Roland Emson was much loved by his students and respected by his colleagues. He loved nothing better than endangering his students on rocky shore ecology field trips, in sub-arctic temperatures, torrential rain and hurricane-force winds, but even he never got up to anything quite like this (as far as I know)…
Carcharodon carcharias favourite prey… marine biologist (Homo sapiens nex votum)
Title: Shark detectives
Author: Michael C. Scholl & Thomas P. Peschak
Publication: Africa Geographic
Volume: Vol.13, No.8
Date: September 2005
Surprisingly little is known about great white sharks, considering that in some quarters they are regarded as a public enemy and extremely dangerous to humans. But think about it – they don’t survive in captivity and they are not easy to see, let alone track, in their ocean environment. When researchers do see them they are, understandably, reluctant to get too close. To this day, the sharks’ migration patterns and mating habits, even their population status, remain a mystery. In south-western South Africa, though, biologists Michael D. Scholl and Thomas P. Peschak are going to great lengths to learn more about one of the ocean’s greatest predators.
Full article: http://www.whitesharktrust.org/pages/mediaarticle/media25.html
Quickie Summary: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/shark-following-kayaker.shtml
I know this is a bit old (and we know considerably more about C. carcharias these days – not least due to Scholl and Peschak), but when I came across this picture on Hoax Slayer the other day, it made me think of my days mucking around with lions, tigers, bears, wolves and the like and think – I may moan about my students, but at least they’re not likely to rip my legs off if I give a bad lecture.