On the Road with SDM's Eli Martinez
- Welcome to my blog. I spend a lot of time out in the world chasing sharks (and other big sea creatures). This blog is my way of helping to dispell the myth that sharks are mindless monsters and my life's work is to share the other side of these animals. The ocean is an amazing place and it's truly a blessing, getting to spend as much time as I do out there. So here you guys go, these are my rants, where I will talk about everything from, traveling, diving and my complete nonsense on and under the ocean. Thank you guys for visiting and I hope you enjoy...

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eli Martinez

Livin' the Crazy Life!

Video Blog # 10 (SDM HQ) - Interacting with Sharks
It has always been frowned upon to feed sharks, but it was always considered worse to interact with sharks. To touch sharks. But for me interacting with sharks is the only way to truly show what sharks really are, and they are beautiful and amazingly intelligent animals. These interactions are opportunites to share with the world the other side of sharks. A curious playful animal that sometimes enjoys a nose scratch just like many other species of animals do. The bottom line is people will save what people love, and with sharks current image, it is hard to love sharks. But what if there was a way to show the world that sharks are capable of being loved? Well thats what my life's journey and work is all about...

AUGUST 11, 2011
Video Blog # 9 (SDM HQ) - Some News about Issue 25
Well todays blog is a bit about issue 25 and a brief history on SDM and the life journey I am on as I work to learn as much about sharks as I can and to share the sharks story. What an amazing ride it has been. I am looking forward to getting this issue into your hands and I truly wish I could see your faces when you opened up those first few pages. The one thing I did not say in my blog was how much I appreciate you all...thank you for caring enough about what I do to read my blogs, watch my videos and read our magazines. For that I am eternally grateful...

AUGUST 9, 2011
Video Blog # 8 - (Pharr, TX) Total Bird Shit
So I have a schedule now for my video blogs...every Tuesday and Friday I will post new blogs up for you guys. I am sure when I am on the road shooting sharks, the schedule will be off, and hopefully I will be posting more from our dives. The California trip will be a pretty good opportunity to post daily activity since it is a land based adventure, so I will be able to post our activities from each day when we go after each species of shark, we are chasing. Just an fyi, we are going after; blues, makos, sevengill, leopard sharks, horn sharks, soupfin, gray smoothhound sharks, angel and swell sharks. Of the 9 species, only two are pretty reliably found, the rest are a crap shoot and so it will be great moments when and if we find some of these species. Either way I am excited about the possibilities.

Ok so today's blog is totally off topic, so for my hardcore shark finatics, I apologize, but this was really just a cool moment I had to share. Every night anywhere from 40-50,000 plus little black birds come in to roost, competing for the best spots to sleep for the evening in these 4-5 little trees. The scene is just amazing. I took my camera out there to film some footage of it, and decided to break out the GoPro and get a GoPros perspective, with a pole cam, and see what it really looked like from the birds eye view. Now remember there is huge risk when filming this many birds, well not life and death risks, but for sure your going to be shit on, and shit on I was. The worst part was my GoPro was violated! The insensitive little crappers - shit on my camera...dirty little buggers. PS this shoot was a lot of fun, just love shooting animals.

AUGUST 3, 2011
Video Blog # 7 (SDM HQ) - Shark Feeding
So here we go I begin talking the hard talk, well not really the hard talk, but I begin discussing the topics of Shark Feeding, and organized shark diving in episode #7 of our video blog. This is such a full topic and I decided to cut them up into mini talks. I could go on for hours rambling on about shark feeding but decided to cut it down to 4 minutes and change, because I know you all are busy and would rather be out diving than listening to me all day, so I will try and keep my blogs short so that you all can get an ear full of what my thoughts are, then move on. Shark Feeding is something I am passionate about. Not because I like shark feeding, no that is not it at all. What I enjoy is interacting with sharks. That is what drives me. The feeding is the tool needed to be able to do that. I truly enjoy getting up close to sharks and learning as much as I can about them, and their personalities. It is always an amazing experience and I look forward to those moments where I get one on one time with my sharks....

JULY 29. 2011
Video Blog # 6 -(SDM HQ) Shark Week - Sneak Preview
It's Shark Week next week, so I felt it only appropriate that my next blog discuss our annually anticipated shark lovers superbowl. As the editor of SDM I sometimes get a few perks and one of the perks is sneak peeks at some of the upcoming shows. So of the 7 shows I got 4 of them. A couple were not my taste in what I like my Shark Week shows to be, so I am not going to discuss those. But there were 2 shows that I liked. The first was Great White Invasion, the second was Jaws comes home. I discuss in my video blog a few things I liked about each show, so push play and find out what got me fired up about the shows.

JULY 27, 2011
Video Blog # 5 - (SDM HQ) - Whale Shark Recap
A recap of our 2011 shark trip out to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Its funny I had one idea I was going to share, but got side tracked and then the blog turned into a whole other story. Some how it went from the fun and excitement of Isla Mujeres to a need to create tighter laws that govern the boats as well as a need to limit the permits allowed for the whale shark operators. I think this had to do with seeing so many whale sharks with prop injuries, and too many boats around so few sharks. Yes the sharks are tough and can handle surface injuries, but why should they need to go through that? It just does not seem right. Anyway, here is the end of the season blog, which has got some pretty cool clips of whale sharks in it. Hope you enjoy...

July 25, 2011
Video Blog # 4 - (Isla Mujeres, Mexico) To many boats - Whale Shark Grounds
This is our fourth and final video blog recored live from Isla Mujeres for the 2011whale shark season. This was our last day on the water for the trip and the large aggregation of sharks was breaking up and smaller groups of sharks were forming. I was watching how all the boats were all coming up on one of the larger pockets of sharks we could find, and I could not help but feel bad for the sharks, who were dealing with so much pressure and stress from boats, and people. So I decided to express my thoughts on the subject of a double edge sword, damned if you do, damned if you don't. To me, eco-tourism is the sharks only salvation, but sometimes I feel like it can be too overwhelming for the sharks when too many boats come out to show their guests sharks. A healthy balance is needed for the sharks sake.

July 24, 2011
Video Blog # 3 - (Isla Mujeres, Mexico) Whale Shark Grounds
This is our third video blog and was recorded live from the whale shark grounds off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The audio sucks because the winds were blowing but the shark action was just unbelievable. There were over 100 sharks feeding together, and we had an amazing day in the water. This blog was something I have always wanted to do, which was to share with you this amazing world. I am still getting the hang of this whole video blog deal, and as I get better at it, I will be able to bring you these stories faster. I uploaded it a couple of days ago on our FaceBook pages, both my personal page and our SDM Fan Page, but I was just not able to upload it here till today so sorry about that...

July 16, 2011
Video Blog # 2 - (Isla Mujeres, Mexico) - Whale Shark Parade
Our 2nd video blog recorded live from the whale shark parade on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. We were on a stroll for dinner when we stumbled upon a parade to celebrate the whale shark. This was a pretty cool moment, so I just had to blog live from the event. It was a pretty cool moment to see this. The people of Isla Mujeres celebrating the arrival of the whale shark. What this shows me is that eco-tourism is working and is so important to the islanders and this event was them gathering to show their gratitude towards this amazing and beautiful animal...the lighting in the video really sucks, but I was not expecting to film at night, so sorry about that. But I really wanted to share this with you all...

July 6, 2011
Video Blog # 1 -
(SDM HQ) A New Adventure Begins
A new feature on SDM's Blog is Notes from A Shark Junkies Video Journal. I am adding a video blog to try and tell you all visual stories of our world as they happen. There will be a few bumps along the way as I figure out the best way to bring you these stories, but for the most part these are just visual stories of what I am always writing about and sharing with you all. They will be raw and totally in the moment, so sometimes I will struggle for words because I am out there totally absorbed in whatever it is I am doing or explaining. Sometimes they will be in my office, sometimes I will be out in the world and sometimes I will be in or on the water. I will bring you blogs from our travels and our days in the water. I am going to try and bring you there and share this amazing world that I have been blessed with as one of the story tellers for the sharks...sometimes the audio will suck because I will be filming on the run and totally in the moment, but it is all about getting you good stories as fast as possible - the one thing my video blogs will always be for you is real and unfiltered. I'll try to keep my potty mouth to a minimum, but sometimes the words I choose are the right ones. So without futher ado, here is episode # 1 of SDM's video blog...I hope you all like it...

For those of you that would love to learn more about the stories that were discussed in Episode # 1 video blog, here are a few links to read...

Bahamas Creates Shark Sanctuary.

Fishermen asked to watch for rare river shark

AUGUST 16, 2011,

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