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#FieldWorkFail: Scientists Share Their Mistakes Working in the Wild

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One of the glories of the Internet is that we can all learn about the infinite human capacity for screwing up -- even scientists!

Still, I feel bad for the one who glued a finger to the croc.

Over the last few days, biologists, ecologists, and other scientists have been sharing mistakes and mishaps they’ve made in the wilderness: in other words, their #fieldworkfails. They are wonderful. I’ve posted some below, but I also emailed some of the participants to find out more about their misadventures.

“I glued my finger to the croc while attaching a transmitter with an instant glue,” Staniewicz, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Bristol, told me. “And then [I] spent a couple of minutes carefully detaching my finger from the croc and trying to keep the transmitter fastened while the local fishermen watched and laughed.”

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