August 18th, 2010
Under the hot summer sun of August, I could feel the germs multiplying in my sinuses. Yes, that’s right, I was deathly ill on today’s trip…ok, maybe not deathly ill, but sick. Once I laid down for a little nap on the way to our beloved “Curt 1” spot, I never got back up. Ironically, however, I am responsible for the day’s recount. Our first catch of the day was a 200 cm male bull shark, just under our requirements to set out a satellite tag, which was a bit frustrating for some of us (i.e. me!).
Luckily, our next round was great. We (although I should say “they” as I thereafter saw NONE of what happened!) caught another bull shark (also below sat. tag standards in length), two lemon sharks, one of which was our longest for the day at 210 cm and who was particularly skinny. (Brendal said she believed this to be because the lemons have been pupping, so they were still recovering from expending so much energy on birthing pups), and one more blacktip.
Another exciting catch was the basket star that had wrapped its arms around one of our leaders. We kept the basket star on the boat in a bucket for a while and watched it open itself up to full form.
ANDDDD a 400 lb. grouper!! All the proper authorities were contacted and the grouper was released quickly and in the best condition possible.
I faintly remember coming to and sitting up to hear one of our fabulous crew members from South Broward say “Its something huge!” Dom yelled to everyone to have the satellite tagging gear ready, it was something big! I then proceeded to pass out again with a pounding headache and when I awoke again I saw pictures of a giant Goliath Grouper that had taken one of our baits (although I expected to see pictures of a satellite tagged shark). Weird. Anyway, we quickly let her go and that was that for the day. Success, for all but me, lol. 🙂
Thank you to all involved,
Virginia Ansaldi (Shark Intern)