A fantastic end of the year for the Sequeira Lab: an exciting field trip to Shark Bay/Gathaagudu

31-December-2021 (written by Jessica Pearce)

The Sequeira Lab is excited to have recently returned from our second field trip to Shark Bay or “Gathaagudu” as it is called by the Malgana Peoples, the traditional owners of this region in Western Australia. The field trip was part of the Gathaagudu Animal Tracking (GAT) Project , co-led by Dr Ana Sequeira and Dr Matthew Fraser, and which is aimed at working together with the Malgana Peoples to study the movement and habitat use patterns of dugongs, turtles, and tiger sharks in this UNESCO World Heritage Area. These species, together with the extensive seagrass beds in the bay, are of key ecological importance, as our PhD Candidate Michael Taylor is investigating. We were also fortunate enough to have Dr Karina Jones, a turtle health expert from James Cook University, join us on this trip. Enjoy a few of the great highlights from this trip in our video below! It was a fantastic way to end this productive year!

We are excited with the great collaborations we established with experts in the field, local Malgana Peoples, and DBCA staff. Thanks to the Malgana Aboriginal Corporation, the UWA and DBCA staff who are supporting this project, and a big thank you to our philanthropic funders (including the Jock Clough Marine Foundation) for making this project possible. We are looking forward to our next trip to Shark Bay early in 2022 to tag dugongs and tiger sharks!

The Sequeira Lab wishes everyone a fantastic festive season and a great start to 2022!

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