Sep 30

Becky Taylor, ARKive Media ResearcherAs with everyone working at ARKive, I have always had a big passion for the natural world and conservation, probably caused by all the wonderful David Attenborough programmes I watched when growing up. This is why working as an ARKive Media Researcher is perfect for me, as it combines my love of the natural world, and belief that images and videos are a great way of raising awareness!

Before working at ARKive I studied Biology at Bristol University, UK.

What are you currently working on?

We have been updating some of our UK species profiles, so I have recently been selecting images of species such as the red deer and grey heron. I have also been editing some of the texts we receive from students as part of our ARKive and University Scheme.

What animal skill would you most like to have?

I think I’d like to have gills, or the ability to breathe deep underwater for long periods like the sperm whale, which can stay submerged for up to two hours and go to depths of up to an incredible 3,000 metres! That way I could have a look at the great unknown, deep underwater, and find out what weird and wonderful creatures we have yet to discover down there (probably crazy looking species like the frilled shark or anglerfish). Also, I’m quite small, so it would be nice to see what it is like to be about 17 metres long!

Which three people would you invite to the ultimate dinner party?

This is a tough one, and I am going to say David Attenborough even though that is what everyone says, but who wouldn’t want to hear his amazing stories at a dinner party? I would probably also invite Stephen Fry, as his autobiography was great, and Johnny Depp (for obvious reasons)!

Where in the world would you most like to go?

I was lucky enough to get to go to Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, which was absolutely amazing! I would love to go back to New Zealand again as it is so beautiful. I would also love to go to China, or go on safari in Africa to see all of the amazing wildlife, of course!

Which celebrity do you most look like?

I don’t think I really look like any celebrity to be honest! I am open to suggestions though….

What’s the best wildlife encounter you’ve ever had?

It probably has to be when I was living in a hut in the rainforest in Costa Rica, doing some volunteer work. Every morning I would wake to the sound of howler monkeys in the trees surrounding us which was amazing. We also spotted a mother humpback whale and her calf while we were there, and watched sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach at night, which were also incredible moments.

What’s your favourite thing on ARKive?

I really like the axolotl, as it always seems to be smiling! Either that or the sea otter, as they are so adorable when they carry their young on their bellies, and are very funny when they are grooming.

Tell us an animal related joke.

Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground.

The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate.

“Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”