Jess Cramp

scientist, surfer, diver, pilot and conservationist


Jess Cramp is a scientist, surfer, diver, pilot, writer, and conservationist whose philanthropic adventures have taken her from a field hospital in post-earthquake Haiti to a remote atoll in the South
Pacific, where she lived for 3 years, spearheading the effort for the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary, which was established in December 2012. Currently without a permanent address, Jess is in a different country every month, and in the water as much as possible. She splits her time between assisting the Cook Islands government in establishing a large-scale marine park, and helping her own burgeoning organization, Sharks Pacific, to become a key player in shark research and conservation. A contributor to Women’s Adventure Magazine, Escape Magazine, and National Geographic’s Adventure blog, Jess is a consummate optimist, whose positive energy is contagious, along with her willingness to spend however long it takes to see the projects she’s working on through to produce tangible results. “For me,” Jess says, “traveling is all about gaining hands-on experience to better understand community level impacts and encouraging locals to get involved.” She is driven to take risks in life, not just in sports.


  • Perfect day before another whirlwind of airports and city lights. There is a reason that #blue is my favorite color.  @kirbymorejohn #Rarotonga #cookislands #southpacific #islands #happyplace #snorkeling #diving #getwetoften #dji #drone #happyplace
    Jess Cramp >>> May 22, 2016
  • Technology affords new ways to annoy your friends. Fly the #drone around them while they have a #fishing charter. Learning to fly this contraption is actually super fun! Especially when #home looks like this...#Rarotonga #cookislands #dji #inspire #islands #southpacific #akura
    Jess Cramp >>> May 19, 2016
  • Not your standard hermit crab! Needless to say, I stayed far away from his claws- love the deep red of his giant body. : @kirbymorejohn #crabs #dardanusmegistos #diving #cookislands #rarotonga #getwetoften
    Jess Cramp >>> May 12, 2016
  • Nights don't get much better, even if it was raining sideways when we got out. The conditions were right for the passage and low tide was at dark. What's fun about #diving at night is that the animals act differently than they do in the day. Some are tucked away, like parrotfish, "sleeping" in caves while #fish like silver sweepers, are dashing about. And then there was this #seaturtle! He literally charged me and ran into me with his carapace (shell). Not once, but twice! It's likely that the lights were disorienting, but it made for a good show for @g.langdon and @kirbymorejohn who were watching from the surface and, of course, laughing. #chargedbyaturtlenotashark #freediving #rarotonga #cookislands #cheloniamydas
    Jess Cramp >>> May 11, 2016
  • Happppppy Momma's Day to the world's most supportive Mom. You let me drag you up mountains and down to the sea floor. You support my crazy dreams and have always told me I can do anything. You taught me how to fight for things that matter and how to forgive, as often as I can. It has made all the difference. Love you to the moon, Mom. Ps- I'm sorry that I study sharks and not whales or bear cubs! Promise to take u to see whales when u come down
    Jess Cramp >>> May 08, 2016
  • Conditions were perfect for #diving in the passages yesterday, so we took full advantage and stayed out until stars filled the sky. Saw heaps of huge parrotfish, turtles and eagle rays. We dived through an incredible sunset and just before dark, I shot my first #ku. Great end to a spectacular day! @hilary.robyn @barbhanchard : @kirbymorejohn #menpachi #spearfishing #freediving #rarotonga #myripristisamaena
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 27, 2016
  • Let's hope that the quality of my images improves! The photo game just got real...and I'm a little scared. #newgear #iwantedacompactcamera #sony #seasea #bigblue #nauticam #amateur
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 27, 2016
  • In honor of #EarthDay, friends @ecoflex_ are changing the game for sustainable surfboard manufacturing. The link to their Kickstarter campaign is in my profile. Check em out!! Mother Earth will thank you ✨ #SustainTheAdventure #SurfboardsForASharedPlanet #surfing #earthday
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 22, 2016
  • I'd say he's adjusted pretty well to life in the #islands. Walked outside to find @kirbymorejohn #weaving me a hat. #rarotonga #cookislands #weekendsinraro #southpacific #islandlife #hesakeeper
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 16, 2016
  • Stoked to be featured on @redbull website's "Adventure Dream Job." Click the link in my profile to read about my not-so-direct path into #sharkresearch and working with @natgeo. #redbull #redbullgivesyouwings #conservation #marinescience #followyourdreams #sharks #sharkspacific
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 13, 2016