Total shark tally for the last few days has 12 sharks tagged across 4 species in our research areas around Great Exuma.
Each shark "work up" consists of taking blood & tissue samples, measurements, and implanting the sharks with tags so that we can track their movements and learn about their behaviors.
The Bahamas was established as a shark sanctuary in 2011 as work by a many scientists was used to show that the economic value of a shark to the Bahamian economy was significantly more alive than dead - tourism and healthy marine ecosystems were shown to have value beyond the extractive exploitation of these resources.
Today, this special marine protected area faces an existential threat as foreign interests who have depleted their own waters seek to purchase rights to fish Bahamian waters using longlines and other destructive methods, many of which have long been banned in this beautiful island nation. These interests come bearing promise of billions of dollars of "development aid" - a promise which has trapped a number of countries in recent history.
Our ocean is too beautiful, and too special, to be exploited and destroyed in this fashion. We have the ability and responsibility to restore the oceans to their state of natural abundance - and it starts with protecting the MPAs and sanctuaries we have.
In "The White Squall," Thackery's speaker explains how "The ship, and all the ocean, Woke up in wild commotion" because "A SQUALL, upon a sudden, Came o'er the waters scudding; And the clouds began to gather, And the sea was lashed to lather, And the lowering thunder grumbled, And the lightning jumped and tumbled." .
Several things come to mind:
1) sea sickness in a storm such as this must exceptionally terrible.
2) terror, and also awe. The sublime, perhaps...
3) what a view the speaker must have had to a cataclysmic event.
4) scuba gear on a boat is never a bad idea. Paranoia can be productive. Besides, if a ship does go belly up, it is likely I won't have Quequeg's coffin to keep me afloat.
Trevor working on catching the bottom half of the baseball. He’s also working on pre pitch movement. Coming back then shooting up. This creates strength. The ball moving on an upwards trajectory off a bounce makes this easier but this is one of the beginning drills before we move on to more game like drills. #catchers#sharks#downtoup#startedfromthebottom#baseball#nopain#focus