Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Thursday, May 21, 2015,
I have always enjoyed the Australian aboriginal concept of a "walk-about" defined in Merriam Webster as "a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work." A few weeks ago I planned a last-minute trip to meet my dad at his Florida vacation rental at Anna Maria Island. My flight arrived in Miami, 4 hours away and 5 days ahead of him, which gave me 5 days to wander about Florida at my own pace as an interruption to my re... Continue reading ...
Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Monday, August 25, 2014,
I was approached in March to help out with an episode for
this year’s Shark Week on Discovery Channel.
From the get go, I knew what the premise of the show was about. I figured it would be hyped and
sensationalized. I assumed I would be
misquoted because that’s just what the media does. And when we went out three nights in a row
and didn’t see anything, I knew they would CG some sharks in place because a
Shark Week show without sharks would be rather dull. And bec...
Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Sunday, December 30, 2012,
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...
Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Tuesday, November 27, 2012,
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...
Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Wednesday, September 19, 2012,
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... Continue reading ...
Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Monday, September 3, 2012,
One of my fondest memories growing up in Connecticut is the way the world wakes up in the summer. Since moving to Hawaii 5 years ago, I’ve dearly missed using overly hot, muggy days as an excuse to find a body of water and just jump in. In addition to its coastline, Connecticut has a multitude of lakes, ponds and rivers to keep a growing biologist busy and out of trouble. I have always wanted to take what I have since learned back to my home state and explore with my new set of eyes. ... Continue reading ...
Posted by Jeffrey Milisen on Thursday, August 9, 2012,
After a couple of months of government mandated radio silence, I'm starting to catch up. My outboard is now fixed, new photos and sections are up all over my webpage, and my thesis is back on track so today I decided to take some time off to go play. I love it when Matt calls me up because it usually means he has found something underwater and needs pictures of it. Last time it was an airplane and this time it was, well, another airplane.
The first adventure with Matt found little more ...