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Feeling Small

Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Sunday, December 30, 2012, In : Megafauna 


 
For the most part, the ocean is a vast pit full of a fat lot of nothing.  How much nothing?  If you set sail from California on a straight path at a cruising speed of 12 mph, you might not hit land or see anything of interest for 22 days.  Underwater is a lot of the same.  When working on an open ocean aquaculture project where we dived in the middle of the ocean twice per day for months on end, most of the dives were in deep, unbroken, gin-clear blue water.  I spent hours looking at nothing...

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Day of Sharks

Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, In : Megafauna 


There is a saying that goes “Never meet your heroes.”  The idea is that your heroes only seem invincible because you don’t know their dirty secrets and character flaws.  So when I noticed that National Geographic’s premiere shark photographer Daniel Botelho was in town, I reluctantly suggested we should go find some sharks.  His photos depicting oceanic whitetips and white sharks are of incomparable caliber, but it was his shots from Tiger Beach that really impressed on me.  After spe...

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Tiger-Quest 2012

Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Megafauna 


My friends and I are a little light of pocket to go to Tiger Beach, Bahamas, so, needing an adventure, we sought to find our own local animal, a tiger shark known as "Laverne" who is known to make a living in the waters of Honokohau Harbor.  We headed for Kona to dive like crazy and hurry back before anyone noticed we were missing.  What we found was not one animal, but at least four all crowding the area looking for scraps from fishing boats.  They ranged in size from about 10 feet up to may...
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The cute and the ugly

Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : Megafauna 
 If finishing my thesis was the only thing happening in my life right now, stagnancy would kill me long before I got to printing a draft.  I have learned to take activity breaks as a coping mechanism to keep from injuring myself for fun.  In elementary school, it might be called recess, except my recesses often involve large animals or plunging unseen depths.  I try to make the most of the allotted time I have outside.  For example, I found myself in need of some fresh shark images for a proj...
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