A shark’s eye view: using tracking technologies to understand and protect Basking sharks.

Natural History Live by Jessica Rudd

The UK is home to Basking sharks, the world’s second-largest shark species. Following two centuries of overexploitation and bycatch, Basking sharks are now endangered in the North-East Atlantic. Despite their tremendous size, we still know so little about this elusive shark. In this talk, we’ll explore how the use of novel tracking technologies has provided invaluable insight into mysteries surrounding Basking sharks and helped in this species conservation.

FSC Natural History Live webinars are free online learning experiences for adults, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up for the FSC Biodiversity newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities and receive exclusive discounts.

Tutor: Jessica Rudd

With a BSc in Zoology and a Masters by Research in Marine Biology from the University of Exeter, Jessica is a marine spatial ecologist with a passion for novel technologies and their use in conservation. For her Master's research, she used GPS tags, accelerometers and cameras to understand green turtle and basking shark energetics and movement to help with conservation management of these species.


These Natural History Live webinars are made available to all at no cost. If you would like to contribute to the FSC Biodiversity projects, you can do so by selecting the option to attend at a cost of £5. All donated fees go contribute financially to FSC Biodiversity project work to provide adult learning opportunities for a range of audiences.

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Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC EcoSkills project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC EcoSkills project team

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here: https://zoom.us/
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: https://zoom.us/test