A Philosophy of Radical Aliveness

A Philosophy of Radical Aliveness

"Yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision; but today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope."

John Kerestes


Saturday, April 10, 2010

April 2010: Shark Research, Socorro Islands

Last year my friend Jeff L. took this trip, and now Jeff is facing the possible removal of his espophagus due to a complicated tumor. Just this week a client of mine, Shelly, is having her third surgery following a damaged ureter and months of breaking out in hives and being bedridden. Shelly was a marathon runner layed flat by a surgery gone wrong.

These two events just made me more determined to continue my quest for adventures while my health and financial circumstances allow it. I started diving in 1990 (see previous posts) in reaction to having so many of my clients dying of AIDS. I had always wanted to dive, but now felt an extra impetus not to put it off. Since that time I have done 154 dives, including an exciting trip in the Galapagos Islands. The hammerhead shark pictured here is from that trip (see previous post). 

This trip is described as being part of a research team assisting Dr. Alex Antoniou, CICMAR, and the University of California at Davis, tagging sharks that reside in the Revillagigedo Islands. There is also likely to be encounters with giant manta rays (200 pop.), humpback whales (winter home for 1200), dolphins and whale sharks. The Islands are 240 miles South of Cabo San Lucas, and we've been prepared for a 22 hour voyage.  The purpose of the study is investigate the residency patterns of the shark populations and their connectivity to shark populations in the Galapagos, Cocos & Malpelo Islands.