November 14, 2010
Like yesterday, we too had a first for RJD. Unfortunately, it was for all the wrong reasons. Let’s start at the beginning. We started off the day heading to the outer reef; the weather was beautiful; sunny, warm, and not much wind. Sounds nice right? However, there was a bit of a swell, which caused some of our interns and guests from Hebrew Academy to…add a little more chum to the water. Sadly, despite the extra ‘chum’ and later relocation from our outer reef spot to the inner reef, we caught ZERO sharks.
Not a single one (the first time in RJD history this has happened). The only thing we did catch was a large mutton snapper, which wasn’t exactly tag-worthy. The highlight of the day was our swim break after we re-baited our hooks for a final attempt at catching anything.
Although today was depressing for the crew and our guests, today’s results were a somber reminder that shark populations are steadily declining all over the world and that what we are doing with the RJD program is vital research that can really make a difference to these apex predators.
Wishing I had more to say,
Josh, RJD Intern