Conservationist, Marine Advocate, Educator, and Underwater Photographer
Hey everyone I’m Annie Guttridge, a Maui Jim ambassador and the president of 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Saving the Blue. Saving the Blue aims to inspire, influence, and coach generations of ocean advocates through hands on, in-field research activities and part of our mission is to provide creative educational opportunities in marine science to the public, with special attention to minority groups, youth, service members, and veterans and their families.
So far this year we’ve sponsored three week long positions on expeditions, in addition to leading an outreach day for a team of local Bahamian marine science students. The open day included teaching students and faculty, shark capture and tagging methods. The crew split into two groups for morning and afternoon sessions of gillnetting and drumlining to learn the techniques used to target juvenile and adult sharks of various species that reside in different habitats, e.g. mangroves vs. reef.
Over the two expeditions, Saving the Blue tagged and released 44 sharks from eight different species, including two great hammerheads, a large bull and a huge male tiger shark! One tag, equipped to a hammerhead is still transmitting data to us every few days, you’ll learn more about that shark in my next post!
Lastly, we have another research expedition underway right this second, so if you would like to watch an expedition unfold in real time please follow us on social media as we post daily updates!