A year ago, Rehan, Year 5, noticed that some of the octopi he saw during his regular snorkelling trips with his Dad have a particular fish (brown-spotted wrasse) always next to them. He followed a few at different reefs and was convinced that it’s not by chance but by choice that the fish are there. He investigated this theory and realized that it is a unique type of relationship among reef species called ‘Nuclear–follower foraging’.
Rehan recorded the data, and with the support of his Dad, wrote a scientific paper for CSIRO. The paper has been published by Marine and Freshwater Research and is titled Nuclear-follower foraging behaviour between Western Australian common octopus and brown-spotted wrasse.
Since then, the ABC have filmed him and he will appear on TV this weekend. He has also been confirmed to give an online talk at the 2021 Young Marine Biologist Summit in UK in November. He also gave a podcast to University of Queensland about why and how children should explore nature.
Congratulations Rehan! We are so excited about your accomplishments and the Possibilities you are showing!
You can view more details around this exciting story at the following links
TV at 27.44 mins - https://iview.abc.net.au/video/NU2139W033S00