|This photo makes me want to quote The Avengers ("I'm not overly fond of what follows...")|
By Annie Anderson and Antonia Ash
As the crews left for night one of Sharkland the conditions were ideal for setting the gillnets and the competition for the straightest net was on. However as the saying, ‘the calm before the storm’ goes, within a few hours the crew found themselves snuggled up hiding under transport boxes with bolts of lightening landing within a stones throw. Despite the relentless rain, 35 sharks were still captured and the crews soldiered through the conditions ensuring they met their 15 minute check window. Unfortunately with conditions deteriorating by the minute, the decision was made to haul all lines four hours ahead of schedule, with the time to be made up over the coming nights.
|12 hours on a boat is likely to make you make faces like this one.|
|You do not want to zoom in on this photo, trust us.|
In the final three nights of Sharkland the total count for night four was 17, night five slightly lower with 13, and the final night tapered off with a low of 5; this brought the total count in Sharkland to 95 captures.
PIT 2013 has been a strenuous but rewarding 12 nights for all involved. The Sharklab would like to say a special thanks to all who participated for their continuous hard work and enthusiasm amid all the chaos and long hours - a special experience for all to take away.
The Bimini Biological Field Station Sharklab depends on the efforts of dedicated volunteers to accomplish our research. Since its 1990 inception, the BBFS Sharklab has been host to thousands of volunteers from all over the globe. Annie Anderson blogs at Sharks Need Love.