• Question: Hello. I was wondering what is the best thing you have seen doing your job.

    Asked by debt495ban on 13 Nov 2023. This question was also asked by base495shy.
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      Amina Moss answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      Doing my job, the best thing is getting results that match my hypothesis. A hypothesis is like a scientific guess or prediction that helps guide experiments and investigations! 🧪 In shrimp aquaculture (shrimp farming), a hypothesis can help us predict how different factors may affect shrimp growth and health. 🦐 Seeing my shrimp grow big, strong and healthy is so rewarding! I’m like a proud mama, seeing my babies becoming adults.

    • Photo: Karen Edwards

      Karen Edwards answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      When I was doing my PhD, I went to Cape Canaveral, Florida to go on a research cruise on the boat that is generally used to go pick up astronauts from the ocean! It’s a sort of nature reserve there because most people and boats are excluded so lots of cool things including manatees swimming around the boat.

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      Anton Edwards answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      When I worked in Oman, I went into the desert one evening and lay on the warm sand (checking for scorpions first of course) and looked up into the clear black night sky. There were millions of stars above, with meteors’ twinkling tracks; this was the best thing I have ever seen.

      If you mean what was the best marine thing I ever saw, it was the shining sand that we once dredged from the shallow ground around Rockall in the Atlantic. From a glittering blue sea on a bright sunny day came this pure white shining sand, all that remained of long-dead sea creatures after the ocean had ground their shells into tiny sparkling jewels.

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      Cristina Steliana Mihailovici answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      marine life in their environment.

    • Photo: Tanya Riley

      Tanya Riley answered on 14 Nov 2023:

      I think every time I see a marine animal in its natural environment theres something so special about it, its a glimpse into a world which we can never fully be a part of and just the glimpses are enough to feel a part of it

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      Anuschka Miller answered on 14 Nov 2023:

      Travelling to the Arctic!!!

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      Camilla Cassidy answered on 14 Nov 2023:

      In my job I’ve seen some amazing animals up close; not even majestic and fancy ones like dolphins and sharks, but the regular animals you don’t even think of, like mussels and clams and tiny starfish. Appreciating the complex lives of these animals gives me so much wonder and hope for the amazing detail and huge, unimaginable greatness of the natural world that’s at play all around us. There are scientists that can explain in greatest detail every cool, tiny difference of what must seem to you or me to be normal-seeming, ‘boring’ plants or animals.

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      Mimi Asogwa answered on 14 Nov 2023:

      Manipulating bacteria eg E coli to do interesting things eg produce useful substances or become resistant to antibiotics.

    • Photo: Jonathan Teague

      Jonathan Teague answered on 15 Nov 2023:

      As part of my PhD I did a night dive in Bermuda on a wreck of a ship and went around finding coral to shine my fluorescent light at to see the fluorescence.

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      Stephanie Horn answered on 16 Nov 2023:

      When I was in Bangladesh doing research I got to visit loads of rural communities and see how different people farmed food. I seen fish ponds which were growing fruit and veg around the side of the pond in the grass and there were sheds on stilts over the water where chicken were being farmed. So on a very small bit of land the farmer was producing fish, chicken, fruit and veg!

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      Ambre Chapuis answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      In my last job, I was working on making organoids. (Organoids represent cells grown in specific 3D environments to create mini, simplified organs that retain some physiological function in a petri dish). Being able to see these mini-organs moving around and interacting with bacteria and parasites was super cool.

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      Jake Norton answered on 21 Nov 2023:

      Salmon farms…they’re so interesting! In the Hatcheries they have tanks the size of huge houses with thousands of salmon swimming around.