Because I don’t have the most prolific social life, I don’t have to handle new people very often. When I do, however, it almost always ends badly.
It’s one thing explaining that I do research in the Southern Ocean. It’s another thing entirely describing how I tag giant seals… with ‘lasers’ that measure little green cells… which then talk to satellites. I’m wondering if keeping a tag in my handbag will make my story sound less crazy. Except that they sort of look like bombs.
Maybe I should just stop socialising.
Seriously though, I highly recommend watching this video for an excellent synopsis of what we weird scientists get up to with elephant seals in the Southern Ocean! Thanks to Dr. Lars Boehme, my (long-suffering) supervisor, for sending it through to me.