Hello there! It's Carol again with my final blog post. I hope you enjoy reading it.
During the final week, Nathalie (my fellow #BEintern) and I were privileged to witness the dissection of octopus by Professor Pacco Bustemante studying ecotoxicolgy from the University of Le Rochelle of France. His goal was to obtain samples of the different tissues (such as the beak, the muscles and the liver) from various octopus of different age, size and sex. These samples collected from one species of octopus of the western Indian Ocean are to be analysed in high tech labs back in France.
The objective of this sampling was to determine whether the concentration of metallic contaminants varied from tissue to tissue in the octopus. This information is useful since it has been suggested that there is a relationship between the level of contaminants present in that area of sea and that of the octopus‘ tissues. In other words, octopus could possibly be a good indicator of the health of that maritime area.
The professor was accompanied by two of SFA's lab technicians and one scientist, for the task of sampling. He explained many interesting details of the octopus throughout the tricky dissection and sampling. For example, octopus are very intellectual creatures which have three hearts and they have a very effective digestive system which is one of the reasons why they grow at such a quick rate. Very fascinating indeed!
On the bottom line, these two weeks which went by too quickly, was an amazing learning experience. I am extremely grateful to the British High commission, SYAH, SFA, my qualified supervisor and everyone else involved. The BE internship course has come to an end, but our journeys in the BE have yet begun.
I can safely say that I have walked away with a whole lot more knowledge and experience on the blue economy concept, and a better view of the needs required for the country’s sustainable development and the world of work itself.