Shark Tagging with Island Christian School

by Jessica Wingar, RJD Intern

What an interesting day out on the water. When I woke up that morning, I could feel that it was going to be a great day. As I was walking to my car, I checked the weather forecast; it said that there was little wind. I became very excited because that meant that we could possibly go to the reef, a deeper site, because the water would not be too rough. I drove with Kyra to the Keys, and we couldn’t stop talking about all of the possibilities of this trip.

We arrived at Captain Curt’s house at 7:30am and began loading all of the equipment that we would need for the day onto the boat. We loaded yoyos, ten drumlines, a ventilation pump, and many other items. Once everything was loaded, we asked Curt where we were going today and found out that we were going to a new reef site called 62 Line. This switch to a deep site, meant that we had to undo the extension lines and roll them all up again; our lines were over 130ft long!

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Shark tagging with Island Christian School

October 12th, 2012
by Dani Escontrela, RJD Intern

It had been about two months since my last shark tagging trip, so needless to say, I was super excited. I barely got any sleep the night before thinking about how incredible this trip would be. At the same time however, I tried to not get my hopes too high as sometimes we don’t catch anything, but boy was I in for a surprise!

Austin, Fiona, Stacy, Becca, Christine and I loaded up the boat with all the supplies we would need for the day and then had a couple moments to relax while our group got to the boat.

When the guys from Island Christian School got there I immediately recognized a few familiar faces from previous trips. We also had Greg Markham join us that day and Margarita Cubano, one of Neil’s students. We loaded everyone on the boat and where soon our way to Everglades National Park. We were to set our lines at Middle Grounds, a shallow water site.

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