Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Mauricio Hoyos-Cool Shark Science Dude
If you happen to be a "Shark Scientist" you probably do well at bars and at pool parties in Miami.
Who wouldn't attract a crowd of bikini clad models with this line..."So, I'm Shark Scientist".
But if you're lucky enough to be a "White Shark Scientist" that's the difference between a NASA Test Pilot and an actual Astronaut.
We wanted to introduce you to an actual "White Shark Scientist". For the past four years Mauricio Hoyos from CICIMAR, Mexico has been the driving force behind Isla Guadalupe white shark tagging and shark tracking program. Think Indiana Jones with a Spanish accent.
He gets to do cool thing like tag and track whites, conduct DNA sampling, and as this image suggests grab DNA samples from all kinds of critters out at this newly formed Bio-Sphere Reserve some 210 miles off the California coast. By the way no critters were hurt in this image even though he's ALSO got a wicked looking cross-bow to get DNA samples with. Cool plus.
This is Mauricio in action 2007: