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.


  • Be sure to keep your mouth closed when smashing bait to attract the #sharks! Behind me is a baited remote underwater video- or BRUV- and all over my face are #fish guts. Yum. #science #sharkresearch #biodiversity #australia #noroomforprincesses
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 21, 2015
  • While I didn't find any legal sized lobsters for dinner tonight, I did find these green #abalone shells on today's dive/snorkel! They clean up beautifully with a little elbow grease and mineral oil. This photo is before cleaning and has not been saturated or filtered. How beautiful are they? If I had my camera with me in the water today, I'd be posting a photo of the world's cutest horn shark, who was hanging off of my weight belt. There's always tomorrow! #freediving #sandiego #diving #haliotisfulgens
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 14, 2015
  • Happy #flatsharkfriday from the chilly waters of #sandiego, where I had the pleasure of swimming with this stealthy Pacific #angelshark. She was in about 10 ft of water, covered in sand, until two monkeys (me/Kirby) came along and curiously observed her. In places like the #Mediterranean, angelsharks (Squatina squatina) are heavily fished for their meat and fins, resulting in a critically endangered listing on the IUCN Red List. However, here in CA, they have been recovering since 1994 when the angelshark targeted gill net fishery (that caused the near-collapse of the species) shut down. It is still pretty uncommon to spot this ambush #predator...and I still get excited every time I see one! #freediving #California #pacificangelshark #squatinacalifornica #sharks #sharkspacific
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 13, 2015
  • Great way to end the quick trip. Paddling with friends, both two and four-legged. #CookIslands #Rarotonga #paddling #SUP #doggypaddle #islands
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 10, 2015
  • While I am part fish, I really enjoy quiet evening strolls along the back road on the south side of #Rarotonga, passing family plantations full of paw paw (papaya), banana and pineapple. #CookIslands #growyourown #farming
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 09, 2015
  • The moment after you shoot your boyfriend's big gun and it hurts more than just your hand...#drinksomeconcrete #hardenup #spearfishing #CookIslands
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 08, 2015
  • My shark juju is apparently still good. Was visited by little white tip reef #sharks in the shallows! #triaenodonobesus #CookIslands
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 05, 2015
  • Finally made it home. This view never gets old. #Rarotonga #CookIslands #travel #happyplace #avana #islands #southpacific
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 05, 2015
  • My view right now. The port hole better represents a wash cycle on a front loading machine, rather than a view into the big blue. Much to my dismay, the seas were too big to land at Palmerston and we are now en route to Rarotonga. Before departing Palmerston, A few locals powered their aluminum boat in between massive sets to pick up some supplies and say hello. As they blew kisses and waved goodbye, I felt tears streaming down my cheeks. Seems it will be a few more years until I am finally able to set foot on that magical little island again. #sailing #CookIslands #highseasadvisory #travel #boats #weatherwoes
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 03, 2015
  • Currently at sea somewhere between #Niue and #CookIslands. Headed for the remote #atoll of #Palmerston, where three years ago I spent a month doing research on #seaturtles and #sharks. Can't wait to see my old friends. #sailing #southpacific #ocean #seadayallday
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 01, 2015