We had our first Awareness Day at Malta National Aquarium and we also met our new SOK (Systems of Knowledge) students for 2020. They’ll be working with us on their projects until Autumn. This first meeting was time to meet and get to know each other before getting involved in our projects and activitites. They also spent a little time getting a first look at our awareness exhibits. We look forward to working together!
What a great start to 2020! While most of us are still wrapped up in winter woolies, our fantastic Sharklab-Malta interns Ben and Rhianna were in the sea doing snorkel research at Paradise Bay – a little cold weather doesn’t deter them!
They were rewarded with great visibility and a sighting of two torpedo rays – our first this year! These will be added to our sightings records, and will form part of the sightings map we will share soon. You can learn more about these amazing creatures here.
At the end of a busy and successful year we decided it was time to freshen up our website! All the great parts of our original website are still included, but we have added a few new sections for people who are interested in sharks but don’t know much yet, and for kids. There are also details of how you can get more actively involved to support us – we hope you might like to.
We are delighted to see how many of you have already visited. In our first week we increased the number of visitors by ten times our normal numbers – thanks for taking the time to look!
We’d love to know what you think of the website changes – you can contact us here if you have any thoughts or suggestions.
On Saturday 2nd Nov the Sharklab-Malta dissection room major make-over was completed!
We now have all the plumbing, hot and cold water – both in kitchen sink and bathroom. We have a functioning bathroom and fully tiled walls and floors! This along with our main dissection area, and our tea and coffee corner, means we are ready to use this great space on a regular basis for education and research.
This achievement has been completed by our volunteers and amazing interns. Thank you wonderful people! Thank you too, to the people who donated us the materials we needed.
Sharklab-Malta were delighted to take part in the annual European Elasmobranch Association conference in Calabria. A number of us spent a wonderful three days sharing knowledge and experience with other elasmobranch scientists from around the world.
Malta National Aquarium celebrated their 5th birthday with a special weekend of visitor activities. Sharklab-Malta were delighted to be invited to get involved, and we loved the atmospheric setting we were given for our stand. Great fun!