keep your eyes open out there

It was a long 6 nights in the North Sound doing PIT and it feels good to see a little sun and have a little break from being continually waterlogged (my palms are peeling).


some of our 50cm+ sharks caught in the North Sound

The last night of PIT was really starting to bring the crazy out of everyone since there are less and less sharks to catch each evening (we pen them as we catch them so not to catch them again), and because we got caught in some band of some tropical storm when they told us the weather was going to be good. At least the almost hurricane force winds kept the bugs at bay for the most part, even though I am disgustingly surprised they are still able to find somewhere left to bite on my body.


I let Todd know the wind was picking up a little, he followed up with a this picture

My roommate Sophie is here to work on a project for her masters degree in wildlife documentary, so we went out this morning to place called Iyas Spot to get some lemon shark footage. It is a small cove in the mangroves where the baby lemon sharks take refuge during high tide to avoid the larger fish of the sea (chomp chomp). There is a thin waterway tunnel through the mangroves where they arch above your head and the water gets about chest deep which opens up to a small lagoon area. I believe the record number of babe lemon sharks that they have seen exit the lagoon when the tide drops is 39, but we watched closer to 10 different individuals today.


lil lemon eating a squid chunk

We brought chum and squid into the lagoon to bring the sharks over, and of course any little girls dream, to hand feed some cute baybeeee sharks.

Afterward we exited back through the mangrove tunnel to wait outside so Sophie could get some shots of the sharks leaving the lagoon. I took this opportunity to hunt for sea cucumbers, sea hares, and of course the elusive sea horse.


i love sea hares

I started out by finding some sea cucumbers, but although they are pretty awesome they don’t tend to be a crowd intriguer. I continued with picking up some sea hares (very gently to keep them from inking themselves!!!!) and they happened to be much more popular. I love to share my excitement for squishy things with other people that can appreciate them. The sharks we still taking their good ol’ time exiting the lagoon so Antonia, Harkiran, and I went on a drift snorkel down the mangroves while we waited. It was so amazingly beautiful to be able to swim through the mangrove roots and to be fully immersed in the mangrove environment. To see the lobster antennas sticking out from under the ledge, the puffer fish flitting about with confused movement, and how exciting was it to see a sea hare rummaging around on the edge of the mangrove floor. … but wait, what is that weird shape of orange next to my cute little sea hare?


OMG! Is it true! They are real! My very own find of the very cutest little seahorse! Bright orange!..I was certainly the more excited of the two of us….!

    • Auntie Kerry
    • June 10th, 2013

    So very exciting! Love seahorses. Hate to hear you have to deal with soooo many s’ queetters. Be safe and see you when you get state-side!

    Love you!
    Auntie Kerry

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