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!

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Video Blog # 20 - (SDM HQ) California Sharks Road trip Recap
Here is our video blog for Tuesday...A recap of our California trip, the highs and lows of the trip, and some a few great moments worth remembering...

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Video Blog # 19 - (San Diego, CA) Diving with Mako Sharks
This is our last post from the trip. On day 2 we went after makos and blues in the open ocean, but we had a really bad conditions and after a full day in the water we did not see any sharks. It was the only day on our adventure that we did not see sharks. We returned to the open ocean on day five. We had clear sunny skies, a flat calm sea and a nice current that pushed our chum way out there. We returned to port with one of the most amazing days of mako shark diving we have ever experienced....

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
Video Blog # 18 - (La Jolla, CA) Diving La Jolla Shores - Angel Sharks and a Night Dive with Horn Sharks
Sorry that it has taken so long to bring you guys the last 2 blogs from our California shark adventure. It has been really hard going out to sea each day, and then coming back to try and put these blogs together. I have been fighting fatigue and my body has just crashed the last few days. But I finally got a good nights rest and was able to finish our adventure for you all. So without further adu...

This was day four of our Cali Shark Adventure. We decided to go out for an early morning dive at the Cove to seek out sevengills and soupfins again, and hopefully find angel sharks. Our group went crazy over the sevengills and wanted another opportunity at them. We ended up getting skunked, and so we decided to snorkel the shores to seeek out more leopards and possibly gray smoothhound sharks. I have seen these sharks out here once before in the past, so I figured that the best opportunity to see one would be at the shores. We ended up finding an angel shark which was pretty EPIC. Angels at the shore are vey rare. This week has really been amazing, other than our blue and mako skunking on Tuesday, we were having some really great shark mojo this week - not sure why, but our shark mojo was on fire. First with a sevengill (none of the locals had seen any of these sharks in over a month) and then a soupfin, and then an angel shark in the least likely place. After our swim, we took an hour break to have lunch and charge batteries and then we headed out to meet Michael Bear (Michael is in charge of the sevengill sightings website there in San Diego.) to dive a spot where baby horn sharks are frequently seen.

I was hoping to add horn sharks to our list. It was a hard, scary swim out to the spot to find these sharks. This was a night dive, and we took off from shore and swam out in the dark, on the surface, a distance of about 2 football fields. Then we dropped down into 60-80 feet of water to seek out what we hoped was a 6 inch shark. Pretty wild. About 10 minutes into the dive we found one. It was an amazing, but exhausting day. So please excuse the very bad lighting in this video, as well as blogging from our hotel room. I know the locations could of been better chosen, but this was as real as it gets. So now officially after day four of diving we have found 5 of the 9 species I have officially tied my record, which was set in 2006 during our Summer of the Sharks film shoot, we found 5 of seven species for our movie.

Video Blog # 17 - (La Jolla, CA) - Diving La Jolla Cove, Diving with Sevengill and Soupfin Sharks
On day 3 of our Cali shark adventure we headed out to La Jolla Cove for a shot at sevengill sharks and possibly soupfin sharks. That is the one shark on this adventure that I thought would be almost impossible to find. The sevengill shark was my unicorn shark...well we found one, AND we also found soupfin sharks as well. So we are 3 species in, and still need six to go. Of course on day 2 we got skunked when we went out for makos and blues...we will see what this day brings. Going out after angel sharks and horn sharks this morning.

Video Blog # 16 - (La Jolla, CA) Diving La Jolla Shores - Diving with Leopard Sharks
So after a day worth of delays, I was finally able to upload our first day of shark action from our California Shark Adventure. We have 6 days to find 9 species of sharks, a huge undertaking and one I am very nervous about, but I will do everything I can to make it happen. Our first day in the water we kicked it all off with a swim with the leopard sharks off of La Jolla Shores. The visibility was really crappy, and I was surprised we were able to get any footage at all of the leopards. But we did and we have brought to you our first day in the water. I hope you enjoy...

Video Blog # 15 - (Southern California) Road Trip Begins - California Sharks
I am on the road headed to Southern California for our Cali Shark Adventure. We will be seeking out 9 different species of sharks; makos, blues, leopards, horn sharks, swell sharks, soupfin sharks, angel sharks, gray smoothhounds, and one of my unicorn species - sevengill sharks. I am going to try something different with our blogs. Begining Sunday night, I am going to be uploading video blog posts each night after our dive, to share with you the days events. On our California trip we have so many different styles of shark diving we will be attempting to bring in the sharks we are chasing, and with access to an easy internet signal, I will be able to upload videos pretty quickly. So in the spirit of adventure, I willhopefully share with you an amazing week of diving! So with no futher adu, I bring you Blog # 1 from our Cali Shark Adventure.

AUGUST 30, 2011
Video Blog # 14 - (South Padre Island, TX) Getting Skunked - Oilrig Diving - Barracuda Cleaning Station
I heard reports of whale sharks hanging around the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, off the South Padre Island coast. Me and my wife decided to check it out yesterday. It was a beautiful day at sea; flat calm and glassy, clear sunny skies. It was a great day. Unfortunately it was a skunker of a day for sharks.The whale shark showed up for about 10 seconds, and then dropped down to the depths, leaving us searching in vain. The rig itself was pretty amazing, and I dubbed it Barracuda city, as there were easily over 100 barracuda hanging around. And BIG! there were some really big barracudas here. It was a lot of fun trying to film them, and was pretty thrilled when I accidentally stumbled upon a barracuda cleaning station. It was an awesome day.

AUGUST 26, 2011
Video Blog # 13 - (SDM HQ) Taxi the Lemon Shark
Todays' blog is about a shark that I have built a relationship with. Taxi is a resident lemon shark at Tiger Beach, a dive site we spend most of our time at when we travel to the Northern Bahamas for our tiger shark trips. I spend a lot of time interacting with the resident sharks that live at tiger beach, but my relationship with Taxi is an extrodinary one. She is an amazing shark, and such a joy to work with. Not many sharks choose to interact with people, she is one of the few that does. I really do not have words for how amazing it is to be around a wild animal like that, the feeling of harmony is the only word that comes to mind. There is something about wild predatory animals that reach across to humans, they are true gifts from Nature.

AUGUST 23, 2011
Video Blog # 12 - (Isla Mujeres, Mexico) Showing my family sharks
A lost blog found. Last night I was going through whale shark footage for a video I am cutting together for this years whale shark trip. As I was going through the hundreds of clips I have on file, I stumbled across this video blog entry I made on our very last day of sharkin for whale sharks. This was after our 4 days of diving with all our guests. I took my family out to show my kids whale sharks. Sharing this world with people is what I live for, and the opportunity to share it with two of my babies was a dream come true...I hope you enjoy.

AUGUST 19, 2011
Video Blog # 11 - (SDM HQ) Call to Action California Shark Bill
AB 376 UPDATE - Senator Kehoe's aide yesterday (Kehoe is the chair of the Appropriations Committee) said the Appropriations Committee has shelved AB 376 until Thursday August 25th. I think this can provide a window for all concerned conservationists to contact their California Representative and/or Senator and ask that the Committee pass the bill onto the Senate for voting.

A last minute call to action today... California bill AB 376, if passed, will prohibit the trade and possession of shark fins in California. If this bill passes it could mean a huge dent in the global shark fin trade, and we will be one day closer to the goal. It won't mean the end to shark finning or the end of the trade of shark fins, but it will mean that one more state in the US will not be able to possess or sell shark fins. Which is a huge blow to the industry...the goal right now is to make the US entirely shark fin free. Someone has to lead the way...

California bill AB 376, if passed, will prohibit the trade and possession of shark fins in California. Approximately 85% of U.S. dried shark fin imports come in through California...

Editors note...The bill passed!


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