Although getting out of bed at 4am hurts, one of the gems of #fieldwork is that you’re on the water early. Then, you feel productive and allow yourself to pause for a moment to watch the sun rise. We’ve seen it rise out of the ocean and the ridge. I’m not sure why it’s so hard to get myself out of bed for sunrises on days I’m not in the field! Maybe it’s because I want more than six hours of sleep. Lol.
FIELD WORK: I’m in Western Australia for the next two weeks. The purpose of this trip is two-fold: 1. Deploy satellite tags on large #hammerhead sharks for @michelleheupel @spinnershark7 tagging project. 2. To see how these WA Fisheries guys (photo 2) catch and handle really big #sharks (>3m / 9ft). I want to ensure I feel comfortable with catching the big sharks from small boats. These boys are the best in the business and needless to say, there are some really big animals in these waters!
We’ve caught two #tigersharks (first photo - check out the stripes!) that were over 8ft long, a few sandbar sharks and the cutie pie juvenile #spottail shark (photo 3), which I couldn’t have identified if my life depended on it. Lol.
It’s already a good trip and it’s just begun.
. #science! #sharkresearch#fishing#australia#galeocerdocuvier#carcharhinusplumbeus#carcharhinussorrah
EXCITING NEWS! Today, at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta, my friends and colleagues of the Pacific Island Nation of #Niue announced their intention to create a large-scale marine protected area in 40% of their country's waters, which is roughly 127,000 square km of their Ocean. The area encompasses Niue island itself and a submerged atoll called Beveridge Reef, where last year during an expedition with the Government of Niue, Tofia Niue, Oceans 5, SPC and @natgeopristineseas, we recorded the highest density of grey reef sharks in the world. It is an absolute jewel in Niue's waters that is teeming with abundant marine life. Now, it will be protected.
What's even more exciting is that the government decided to "lock up" some of their commercial fishing effort for conservation. This is a first in the world! They have chosen to put more of a focus on sustainable tourism.
So proud of the team. And now, we all need to get to @niueisland to show them that these bold actions mean something to us too!
Photo by @manusanfelix_official.
. #rockofpolynesia#Polynesia#marineconservation#conservation#ourocean#NiueNOW#NiueOceanWide #islands
Three years ago, I'd say we made the right decision by giving the whole "really long distance thing" a try between San Diego, CA and the Cook Islands! I can't believe my friends were supportive of that decision! Lol. Thank god we fought for it over many thousands of miles. This photo sums up exactly how we feel about our life now, pretty darn lucky to be living it together, adventurously, happily, and on our terms.
ps- oh, and thanks for leaving everything and everyone you love to move to a faraway place with me @kirbymorejohn . 😬.
pps- we need a jet ski.