Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | May 20, 2014

The most important fish in the sea

Originally posted on Grist:

Menhaden fish. Cross-posted from Gilt Taste.

On a bright morning in May, a calm Chesapeake Bay glitters in the sun, an expanse of blue, the nation’s largest and once most productive estuary. A sudden commotion shatters the serenity: Dozens of gulls swoop toward the 135-foot ship Reedville, and the water beneath the boat begins to churn and froth. With two smaller boats at its side, the Reedville encloses a school of fish in a stiff black purse seine net. With practiced efficiency, workers onboard hoist a vacuum pump into the net and suck tens of thousands of small silvery fish out of the water. It looks like an unusual way to catch fish; it’s all the more unusual when you realize that this particular industrial catch is actually banned by every state on the East Coast. Every state, that is, save for one: Virginia.

The fish going up the tube…

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Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | February 15, 2014

Pirates Adventure – Diving with Great White Sharks

We were in Mexico working with the top divers and underwater photographers of mexico aboard the Research Vessel Sea Watch – We were 225 miles off shore at a remote island.… This is my video journal from only the first day. 

It had been an amazing crossing – the channel was flat and we hit some mahi for grub along the way. We were greeting by at 12 ft white shark — before the anchor hit the water, although there was a bit of haze to the water- It was the start of another great adventure. 

On this day – I was the safety diver. I was not there to capture images – I was there to cover the back of other people that often focus to much attention on expensive cameras rather than the behavior and location of the sharks, I only put a go pro on the the end of my “shark stick” – which is about 2 ft long aluminum pole. Its nothing really….

In my opinion… the sharks are interacting with the divers. Once out of the cage we have entered their world. They are curious. They did not behave as one would think, although certainly saw spunk and heated moments over the upcoming weeks. More footage and stories to come of those adventures.

Diving withs sharks is potentially dangerous and Do not attempt this on your own. These are professional divers. If you wish to shark dive and experience these amazing animals, please go thru a known and reputable expedition leader that has resources and experience. 

 

 

Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | February 9, 2014

A day in this Pirates Adventure – Filming Seals on Isla Guadalupe

The R/V Sea Watch – Shark Boat was 225 miles offshore of Baja Mexico. We were working with a great team from a Mexican NPO called Pelagic Life.

The team from Pelagic Life was able to secure the required permits for us to make land on the Biosphere of Isla Guadalupe.

It was my 3 third time touching land there. It is an amazing and truly wild place. The animals show little or no fear of humans, they do seem to show fear from size or loud noises.

We were truly immersed in the animals world. At one point of the the elephant seals wanted to snuggle with my shooting partner from Pelagic Life. It is noted in the video that follows.

Living the dream aint easy… but some days do make it worth it.

Safe Travels

Captain Chris Wade

R/V Sea Watch – Shark Boat

Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | February 7, 2014

sharky the baby sea gull…

Give me your tired. your poor, your weary travelers….

I get them all the time- human and non human alike. I always think… man it has got to be bad if I am the one helping.

Sharky the baby sea gull was the first sea bird

I was being eaten alive by a project aboard the boat. It was not going well at all. I had been stuck deep in the bilge of the boat all day.

Greasy grimy and beat up. I needed parts from storage and while walking back to the Sea Watch – I heard this distressed chirping.

After a couple minutes of hide and seek in the bone yard… I find the cutest little bugger stuck behind some old ropes. Night is falling and its cold. I know he is toast if we don’t take him in.

Here are a few parts to his story. There are a couple of videos that follow the pictures at the bottom

Safe Travels

Captain Chris Wade

R/V Sea Watch – Shark Boat

R/V Sea Watch – Shark Boat

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Give me your tired. your poor, your weary travelers….

I get them all the time- human and non human alike.

Sharky the baby sea gull was the firs sea bird

t. I was being eaten alive by a project. I had be stuck in the bilge of the boat all day. Greasey grimy and beat up. I needed parts from storage and while walking back to the Sea Watch – i heard this distressed chirping. I find the cutest little bugger stuck behind some old ropes. Night is falling and its cold. I know he is toast if we don’t take him in.

Here are a few parts to his story. There are a couple of videos that follow the pictures at the bottom

Safe Travels

Captain Chris Wade

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Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | February 6, 2014

Man vs Hammerhead

The buzz was in the air and in the water. We found the sharks. I was diving with Shark Diver Magazine off the island of Bimini

Eli Martinez the Editor of Shark Diver Magazine and I dropped in first. The water was warm and clear. My camera was dialed and heart was racing. The sharks were right below us and coming up to investigate. I needed these shots bad.

We hit the bottom and sharks instantly came in. They began circling the bait and Eli. The Great Hammerheads big ones and they were hot.

A game of tug of war over the bait box followed…

Man vs Hammerhead

VIDEO EDIT IS AT BOTTOM. Following is an edit from that game along with some stills from that dive.

Safe Travels

Captain Chris Wade

R/V Sea Watch – Shark Boat

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The buzz was in the air and in the water. We found the sharks. I was diving with Shark Diver Magazine off the island of Bimini

Eli Martinez the Editor of Shark Diver Magazine and I dropped in first. The water was warm and clear. My camera was dialed and heart was racing. The sharks were right below us and coming up to investigate. I needed these shots bad.

We hit the bottom and sharks instantly came in. They began circling the bait and Eli. The Great Hammerheads big ones and they were hot.

A game of tug of war over the bait box followed…

Man vs Hammerhead

This is an edit from that game along with some stills from that dive.

Safe Travels

Captain Chris Wade

R/V Sea Watch – Shark Boat

Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | February 6, 2014

Petunia – My pet pelican.

My life is weird. I know… I chase sharks. So somethings are just not odd to me that may strike others as strange.

Petunia is one of those things. Petunia is my pet Pelican.

She found us – was weak and wounded. The brown pelican was banded and had already gotten help. She looked bad. We call the facility and they said there wasn’t much they could do. So we picked up to help.

Here is a short edit on Petunia and showing some of her early flight progress.

Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | February 6, 2014

Diving with Great Hammerheads and Shark Diver Magazine.

Its always a gamble – a risk. Weather might be bad. Sharks may not show up. You may have a head cold. Sea sick. You don’t always see or find the sharks you are looking for. Its harder than one would think….

The risk is greater when you go to develop a new area for shark diving…. Here is a little video about working with Shark Diver Magazine in the waters off Bimini looking for great hammerhead sharks.

It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

 

Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | February 5, 2014

Mexico – Bull Run

It has been a rough run for me since buying the Sea Watch. Lots of ups and downs – wins and losses in many battles – none of those battles have been easy.

At yet a another fork in the road for me – I resigned as Dive Safety Officer from the California Science Center in nov 2013 after nearly 6 years of service. After a long run and hard push… it was time to focus on the Captain and take that step into a new direction. I hooked up with my friend Eli Martinez from Shark Diver Magazine and headed to Playa Del Carmen Mexico for the Bull Shark Run 2013.

Happened to be an amazing group of my friends and fellow shark advocates along even though I jumped on last minute. I was humbled by the beauty of the animals, the kindness of my friends, and learned the culture of the amazing place and people that live there…..

I got to shark dive with my friends, heroes, mentors – all people I highly respect.

It was a great way to kick off my new chapter. Here the first edit from the footage and more pictures, stories, and edits will follow.

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Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | February 5, 2014

Boston Skyline

Boston Skyline

I was on an adventure… working on some ecopirate stuff in boston. It was a great day investigating the city and shooting – as I headed back to the hotel by water taxi I captured this moment. I have shot so many insane sunsets…. yet this one sticks in my mind and brings me right back to that place and moment in time.

Posted by: Capt Chris Wade | November 3, 2013

White Sharks and Surfers – So Cal – YouTube


White Sharks and Surfers – So Cal – YouTube
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