Whale shark on Ningaloo reef in Australia.
Working with folks from CSIRO @csirogram in Australia. I am taking samples of the microbes that live on the skin surface of whale sharks to identify what bacteria live there and what are they doing. This is the fourth location I have collected samples from. Soon we will have an idea of how similar these microbial communities are on the skin of whale sharks from the various regions of the world. This investigation comes in light of increasing marine disease world wide, much of which is driven by an imbalance in microbes the live with the host organism. Now is the time to establish baselines such as this so if disease becomes a problem there is an idea of what the normal should be.
Tana Kirkos! Had to sail for 4 hours through lake Tana to get to an island monastery where the Arc of the Covenant was once placed before moving to Axuim. Also, where it is said that the baby Jesus and Mary spent ten days during their long exile from Israel after King Herod ordered the death of all boys under the age of 2 in Bethlehem. #IndianaJonesshit 🇪🇹🙏