Friday, March 19, 2010

Bimini Sunrise

We spent the last three nights gill-netting for the local lemons. Mini-PIT lasts three nights and takes place roughly twice a year with the grand PIT occuring in June for 12 nights.

In short, this involves spending the entire night out on a 17-foot skiff in 20-25 mph winds for a 12-hour tidal cycle accompanied by two other people, a hand-held radio and the distant cries of equally bored crews about the bay to keep you moderately sane.

The goal is to catch as many juvenile lemons sharks as possible. Previous captures are recorded and new ones are given a PIT tag - these are the same tags that domestic dogs and cats have implanted in them.

After the gruelling wind and rain, we were given a glorious sunrise.

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