Yesterday I with my good friend Rob took part in a lion fish capture study with the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) and Turks and Caicos Reef Fund (www.tcreef.org)in the Turks and Caicos Islands to study some different capture techniques. Lion Fish are an incredibly invasive species of fish that have managed to find there way to the Caribbean from the Indo-Pacific and are definitely doing a number on the local populations of reef life here. Culling them is one way to ensure that they don’t kill off many the indigenes species of the Caribbean.
Currently preparing for a trip with a long time friend starting in the Turks and Caicos Islands to Barbados via everything in between. We begin with a lion fish study with the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) tomorrow AM then we begin to head south hoping to spot the humpback whales migrating through the islands. Stand by for photos of our expedition.
It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog. I have since been traveling the Canadian Arctic with Outpost magazine in search of what they again proved to be the elusive Narwhal and I’m currently in Sumatra for 1000 Days for the Planet TV series filming Gibbons, Orangutans, Elephants and the extremely endangered Sumatran Rhinos. There is an amazing vibe which is very present in this country between the people and the incredible wildlife and landscape.
It’s been a year to the day now since I went to Ushuaia, Terra Del Fuego, getting ready to set sail to the most remote uninhabited island in the world. We spent 33 days at sea in the SubAntarctic Ocean traveling first around Cape Horn, then on on to South Georgia Island and later onto Bouvetoya to be the first of a handful of people to climb the remote volcanic rock and glacier. It was a trip of a lifetime and one we will always remember. Stand by for info on the film which will be out shortly.
I recently had the pleasure of an invite on a trip to the Bahamas at a place called Tiger Beach. When most people think of a beach, they are thinking white sand, girls in bikinis and guys checking them out, perhaps a man with a tray walking around selling drinks out of coconuts with umbrella’s, not here. You really have to look for the beach, it’s 30 feet underwater with no sight of land around, no umbrella drinks however. Sad, I know. But it does have something most other beaches do not, and abundance of tiger sharks and lemon sharks.
The trip was organized by a father and son team by the name of Leander. Now I consider myself close to my father, we work on motorcycles together, he’ll be rebuilding carburetors on his while I’m trying to put mine together next to him all the while making small talk but mostly just asking each other if we have any idea what piece fit’s what and “did you steal my wrench?” But these two that I met on the trip to Tiger Beach have a different kind of bonding experience. They free dive with Tiger sharks, and Lemons, and Reefs, and whatever shark they can get into the water with. It’s truly one of the best uses of father son bonding time I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing.
Wolfgang lives in Bolivia, a retired banker who spends as much time as possible living what he loves most and free diving with sharks. It is one of the most beautiful activities, graceful and silent. You can really see the connection that he has built and the pure understanding he has developed over the years for these gorgeous animals. Felix who resides in Miami with his wife and new born son seems to be born right into it, with a natural ability to be relaxed and comfortable right in the mix of a school of 50 sharks in close quarters. Most people aren’t comfortable in this mix but these two truly understand the animal that they love so much and it really shows when they are in the water with them. When most people have exited the water, dried off, downloaded the photo’s they just took and are sipping on a nice hot chocolate, Wolf and Felix and still out there until the sun is touching the horizon getting every last moment available in with the sharks.
It was truly an honor to meet them and spend time with them, there is always something to be learned from people like these.
Image by David Ulloa
Image by Will Allen
Selling two Underwater Housing KITS Camera’s and Housing.
Nikon D2X and Nikon D100 Underwater KITS