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.


  • Repost of @wstrathmann who took this photo of me holding this juvenile Caribbean reef shark upside down. We do this to induce tonic immobility, rendering the shark fairly motionless so that we can flip him back over and apply tags. This baby shark melted my heart. Notice that the hook didn't even go through his jaw.  @ceibahamas @entidaledproject #sharks #sharkspacific #sharkconservation #bahamas #sharktagging
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 22, 2015
  • They offered. I happily accepted! #bumblebeescanswimtoo #diving #palau #nevertooserious
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 17, 2015
  • Hello, beautiful. #leavemehere #iloveboats #palau #islands
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 15, 2015
  • I smiled so much today that my face hurts! They let me outside today, during daylight! Woo hoo! Super in love with this country. #Palau #happyasaclam
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 15, 2015
  • I have such a great job. After hours and hours of meetings with politicians in a dark hotel restaurant, our luck changed. We were invited onto an incredible yacht, the S/Y Ethereal, for drinks and our final meeting of the day.  Here, the President of Palau and I are enjoying the view from the crow's nest while talking over Palau's proposed marine reserve. They sent me 138ft into the air with a world leader! Of course I took a selfie! #Palau #bestjob #stilljetlagged #yachting #conservation
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 14, 2015
  • Let me make sure I understand...I can't take photos? In JAPAN?!?! #wtf #travelbender #stop2of4 #zombie #japan
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 12, 2015
  • It was a great night spent diving and hunting under a bright, star-filled sky. Finally caught one that I can take home, boys...she's legal!! @kirbymorejohn @wildbluechef @gannetdiveco #lobster #freediving #nightdive #nonetsortanks
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 08, 2015
  • With a face only a mother could love, this Pacific angelshark snout intrigues me with his reptilian resemblance. Taken with my #gopro in #sandiego. #squatinacalifornica #sharks #sharkspacific #freediving #cutiepie
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 07, 2015
  • Spent a bit of time swimming with this Pacific angelshark today in cold, shallow water. He likes to bury himself in sand and wait for his prey to swim by. Yes, they have teeth, but are gentle bottom dwellers (unless tormented then they will bite!). Photo by @kirbymorejohn #sharks #sharkspacific #freediving #gopro
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 03, 2015
  • 2015 looks so good it's frightening! A great way to start off the new year: diving with your best friend (and super-hunter) and then eating fresh lobsta for dinner.  #happyplace #lobster #freediving #spearfishing #sandiego #brrrrrr
    Jess Cramp >>> Jan 02, 2015