Last summer i spent a lot of time researching otters in one of our local rivers. We were gathering and analysing data on their diets and feeding habits in relation to invasive species and important recreational fish.
I actually contributed enough to the final paper to be included as one of the authors and last week I was emailed the revised paper which has been sent to several scientific journals to be published.
This is a little premature as it can take a long time for papers to be published, and there's a good chance it might not be, but I've had such a shitty year i cannot believe my work might actually be of scientific importance. Its such a huge confidence boost!
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In the UK they were largely re-introduced into environments that couldn't handle them, conservationists tend to be idiots unfortunately, so they pat themselves on the back for bringing the otter back, then it eats all the fish because there aren't the same number of eels there used to be (you'd have thought these people would know about the food chain, but I guess zoology degrees aren't what they used to be) and you're left with river that's biologically wonky, it's basically a predatory rat. That's not in all areas of the UK, just some. Meh.0