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Redmap Aug/Sept newsletter 2015

This edition celebrates citizen science and Redmap's community observations! Noteworthy observations include a once-in-a-Century jellyfish sighting, a giant squid and dolphinfish. Also, we need your help if you live in WA: become a Redmap WA Champion! And high school students may be interested in a new marine biology course offered by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Read the latest Redmap news.

Teenager Logs Once-in-a-Century Sighting on Redmap

The jellyfish Cephea cephea was spotted only once before in Australia: almost 100 years ago in Queensland. Then 14-year old diver and marine enthusiast Georgia Poyner collected this rarely-seen jelly in southern NSW and logged her sighting on Redmap!

New Marine Biology course for hands-on experience as a real scientist

Are you in Year 11 or 12 and thinking of becoming a marine biologist? Then check out the amazing Temperate Marine Biology unit run by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). The course provides students with key concepts in marine biology plus a real-world, research experience on Maria Island, Tasmania. And REDMAP is offering one student a scholarship for the field trip part of the course!



The Western Australian node of Redmap is seeking volunteers interested in acting as Champions (or ‘ambassadors’) for the project...

Great Barrier Reef whale shark sightings cause frenzy in north Queensland

Marine scientists in north Queensland are excited about the discovery of a group of whale sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, writes ABC News. The group was spotted by a commercial fisherman on the outer reef off the coast of Townsville recently. Whale sharks have previously been seen in the marine park swimming alone, but this is the first time a group of them has been sighted and recorded. Read ...

The rise of the citizen scientist

Science is not just for scientists these days. Going on a scuba-diving holiday this summer? Share the temperature data from your dive computer with researchers eager to plug holes in sparse records for inshore areas. Nervous about possible pollution from a nearby fracking project? Ease your concerns by helping to collect and analyse air samples as part of a monitoring project. Stuck at home as the rain pours down? Log ...

Fish go deep to beat the heat

Fish retreat to deeper water to escape the heat, a new study shows, a finding that throws light on what to expect if predictions of ocean warming come to pass. Read about this James Cook University study in Science Daily.

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