Shark publicists Annie Guttridge and William Winram discuss the role social media plays in shark conservation. Interview conducted on @discoversharks Instagram Live feed.
“Without water, no life. No blue, no green.” For countries which rely heavily on eco-tourism, this message hits close to home. With no blue, there are no greenbacks.
The eagle ray closest to me noticed my presence but did not power off. Instead, it swiveled its head towards me and held my gaze. Wings extended gracefully, I could feel the silken flap of its fin against my shoulder as it maneuvered gently past.
We have been baiting for an hour and all we have encountered are nurse sharks and the occasional jack. Occupied by their foraging below, my back is turned away from the boat. “Kara! Turn around!” Swiveling, I come face to face with a great hammerhead.
Just off our bow, I see a large patch of raised sand beneath the mangroves. Closing in, a whip-like tail and spiracles become visible under the silt.
Bimini is an island of shipwrecks. Some intentionally abandoned, others cast away and run aground by the force of hurricanes.
I can see them finning before I enter the water. Even without bait the reef sharks are already in position.