Wow! what a crazy 3 weeks this trip has already been. we are currently sailing east deeper into the garbage patch and roughly 800nm away from oahu. it is wild seeing the amount of trash/plastic start to double over the last few hundred miles of sailing.
pictured here is a drifter with a sea anchor at the bottom. scientist have put drifters into the ocean to study ocean currents and what life will grow on them. they are tracked by satellite and then sent to us to find. its like finding a needle in the biggest haystack in the world. but so far we have been successful in finding all the drifters our way.
unfortunately this drifter was broken, like the last one we saw as well. we can still gather data from it but its still heart breaking seeing that certain data is lost.
this drifter was especially exciting to get in and check out because this drifter acts like a fad (fish aggregation device). there were roughly 50-70 mahi mahi, a couple tuna, and 8 or more ono circling us while we worked.
hopefully i can start getting some more photos out on my page but if you aren’t already following @thevortexswim go check them out to see even more photos of our journey! plus, check out the website that should be linked in their profile to see blog posts and more in depth details about our mission!
also, thanks to my sister for posting for me while i am away!(@hellojessiemartin )🙌🏽
Finally blessed to share the water with a pod of s***m whales! ever since seeing the dead s***m whale come across oahu a couple months back i have wanted to get in the waters with them again!
ty and i were escorting ben on his swim just the other morning when out of the corner of my eye i saw a spout of water spray off in the distance! it was large enough and far enough away to know that it was some kind of whale! after getting close and seeing multiple breaches, ben and i lined up for a dive. a momma, baby, and 2 other s***m whales dove 20-30 meters below us. almost out of visibility. it was cool but i was thinking it was still a bummer they weren’t closer. then to my left i saw this big boy coming right at us! he got within 10-15 meters. dove under the surface, rolled sideways and then flipped upside down and swam off! such an incredible experience. listening to their clicks of communication alone was enough to be impressive.
the day was full of wildlife. saw the s***m whales and at least 2 species of dolphin. and had one very large triangle black fin in the water. we unfortunately never saw this beast in the water but we were 99.9% sure it was an orca! the way it moved in the water and the black fin. nothing else has those traits. we thought maybe the orca was hunting the s***m whale. but they were moving so casually...any thoughts on the situation or orcas, dolphins, and s***m whales all together?!