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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.


  • We may not have had any luck fishing for sharks today, but when the day ends like this, it's pretty easy to still feel lucky. #fijisharkexpedition #fiji #nofilter @toddleech @tina_weier
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 12, 2014
  • Loving Fiji. Loving my life. Photo @andy_mann #fijisharkexpedition
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 10, 2014
  • One of the silver tip sharks we caught today for the satellite tagging portion of our research expedition. Photo by @andy_mann #fijisharkexpedition #sharkspacific
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 07, 2014
  • My wild hair swimming around with mellow bull sharks.  Repost from @tina_weier #fiji #sharkspacific
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 06, 2014
  • How I spent a few hours today, "chicks who chum"...we are thinking of a calendar? C'mon sharrrrrks take a bite!! :) #fijisharkexpedition
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 06, 2014
  • Someone is kind of popular on this boat!! @andy_mann giving light room lessons after his inspiring presentation last night! #fijisharkexpedition @3stringsproductions @natgeocreative
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 05, 2014
  • My very first kava ceremony today  during one of our village sevusevu, where we asked village chiefs for permission to research sharks on their reefs. Great day!!! #bottomsup #fijisharkexpedition #sharkspacific @caineyew
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 04, 2014
  • First day diving with bullsharks, great start to our expedition to study sharks in Fiji, in partnership with #waittfoundation and #moorecharitable.  Follow our story on Photo: @andy_mann
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 01, 2014
  • It's kinda pretty where I live. #feelinglucky #rarotonga
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 25, 2014
  • Cyclone Mike, guess I'll see you in the morning? Sooooo glad I'm on the water. "Anyone for scuba?" #buckleup
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 19, 2014