One week after never having used a smart phone before, Farakely had managed to complete forms on his own and had data that was ready to send! He had already reached a level that had taken multiple trainings and many months to achieve with other data collectors. A little smile of satisfaction and shy pride formed on his face when we pointed this out to him, and congratulated him on what is not only a massive success for the shark monitoring project but also a fantastic personal achievement.
Let’s set the scene, we’re on a beautiful white sand beach, dotted with palm trees; a remote tropical paradise, miles away from human habitation. As the tide retreats what’s that left behind in the strandline? Intermixed with the usual bits of seagrass and algae is a band of washed up discarded plastic.