We recently brought our popular 'Sawfish Stories' event to Broome where it was met with keen interest from the local community!
Over 120 attendees heard about the valuable work carried out by 'Team Sawfish' — using cultural knowledge and western science from Indigenous rangers and Murdoch University scientists — to study and protect critically endangered sawfish.
The scientists & Nyikina Mangala rangers had just returned from a field-trip to the Fitzroy studying sawfish and other river animals. They shared interesting and exhilarating updates from the trip — including how to deal with 45 degree temperatures plus crocodile encounters!
It was great news to hear that they had collected a lot of new and important data on sawfish activity. Last year the scientists had attached custom-made fitness trackers to five sawfish pups. They will now analyse the data from the trackers to find ways to protect the species.
"We know the Fitzroy's the last in tact nursery habitat for this species of sawfish in the world that we know of so it is a pretty important environment." said Karissa Lear during the presentation.
Enjoy these excellent photos taken by talented local photographer Damian Kelly.