Jess Cramp

scientist, surfer, diver, pilot and conservationist

Bio

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.

Instagram

  • A long way from the islands, but the #sharks are always following me! Fighting to get some long-term support for global shark and ray #conservation in the big apple. Who knew subway stations could be so stylish? Only in #NYC. #brrrrrrrrr
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 30, 2016
  • Meet Icarus 1, the newest member of the #morecramp family! The DJI Inspire 1 #drone has officially replaced me as #kirbymorejohn 's favorite autonomous thinker...and it's only been 24 hours. Look out, birds! #maidenflight #ultimatecreepers #waycoolerthaniexpected #dji
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 24, 2016
  • Homeward bound. Front yard favorite. No filters necessary. #CookIslands #happyplace #islands #sunset #fireinthesky
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 21, 2016
  • It's no wonder #dolphins get so much love. They cruise by all cool and smirk while you fumble with your camera to get the shot. This guy buzzed by me in a big #pod while I was on a safety stop. #happyplace #diving #marinescience #moderndaypostcards #bottlenosedolphin #marinemammals #tursiopstruncatus #Galapagos #ecuador
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 15, 2016
  • My dive buddy in #Galapagos, Dr. Kike Ballesteros, swimming into an enormous wall of #fish at #Darwin island. Maybe my favorite moment from the @ngpristineseas expedition. #scad #diving #marinescience #moderndaypostcards #getwetoften
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 11, 2016
  • When #hunting for dinner tonight, I heard the pulsatile rasps made by these California spiny #lobsters. They produce the clicking sound at the base of their antennae (below the eyes in this picture) when interacting with potential predators, like us hungry humans! Thanks, Patek et al, 2009 for the explanation. Unfortunately, my legal-sized lobster wiggled out of my hand today, but #kirbymorejohn is a ninja and caught it after I dropped it! #dinnerisserved #icecreamheadache #freediving #diving #panulirusinterruptus #sandiego #California
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 04, 2016
  • By far, my favorite silhouette of the underside of #Galapagos. Even though warmer waters from  El Niño meant we saw fewer #sharks this season, the scalloped #hammerheads were still more abundant than other shark species on our @ngpristineseas expedition. #sphyrnalewini #sharkresearch #sharkconservation #sharkspacific #diving #freediving #ecuador
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 28, 2015
  • Happy holidays from this happy diver! Hanging out with a school of spawning creole fish, or "gringos" as they are called in #Galapagos. #diving #paranthiascolonus #fish #ecuador #travel #happyplace
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 25, 2015
  • It took every ounce of will power to back away from this #sealion pup. He kept waddling closer to me, so curious and unafraid that he would have jumped in my lap if I let him. There's magic here in #Galapagos. #babyanimals #conservation #lovemyjob
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 24, 2015
  • I find these #birds impossible to look at without smiling. Say hello to Phalacrocorax harrisi, the flightless #cormorant - endemic to just two #islands here in #Galapagos. In fact, she's the heaviest bird in her family and the only that can't fly. It is believed that since these birds have no predators, their wings have evolved into the adorably useless appendages you see in this photo. They don't even use them to swim! Thanks heaps @ngpristineseas for inviting me along :) I wanna be a naturalist when I grow up. #bigbodybirdy #darwinwasright
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 23, 2015