a first report from the bay…

We arrived last night really tired at 1am. The camp site was closed, so we had to sleep in the car. But at last today we were in the water: after half an hour of swimming and yet no shark, but lots of other fishes. Then we started to get a bit nervous: our visiting scientist, Ramon, arrives tomorrow. How can we tell him the sharks are not here? And what shall we tell you guys, who have been showering us with messages and good wishes?

…and then.. sharks! There were 5 or six, “as usual” they were all females, most of them with very big bellies. Three were swimming together, we think we recognized two of them. Tonight, before a good night rest in a decent bed, we’ll have or first session of video analysis and identification of the animals.
This is the 5th year in a row that I come back in this very bay at this time of the year. There have always been sharks, so I should bot be surprised, really. And I am not, but every year it’s a gamble: the sharks numbers have crashed everywhere. Simona was telling me during the flight that ten years ago it was normal for sport fishermen to catch sharks during every tournament. Last year they did not catch any – not a single one in any of the tournaments.

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