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.


  • 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
  • My authentic island life: Reef Walks. Living near the water has all sorts of perks, like taking advantage of the extremely low tide to check out all of the shallow reef/tidepool critters. Last night, low tide was at #sunset which made it more fun. We spotted a baby octopus, multiple snake eels, scorpionfish, lionfish, slipper lobsters and a hermit crab the size of my head.  Thanks to the shallow water and our flashlights, we could see their true colors. @g.langdon @hilary.robyn #cookislands #islands #biologyisfun
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 13, 2016
  • Weekends in Raro don't get much better. Swam out to "the boiler" with friends and explored the #shipwreck from above and below! Water, food, sand, sunshine. Weeeeeee. #cookislands #paradise #southpacific #islands #kirbymorejohn
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 11, 2016
  • My authentic island life. It's embarrassing to get caught buying coconut cream in a can when you live here! Husking #coconuts in the back yard for dinner. It tastes much better this way. #islandchores #rarotonga #akari #ko #cookislands
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 06, 2016
  • Easter Sunday silhouettes of my favorite variety. Palm trees at sunset. I took a break from PhD writing just long enough to go for a run and see this. Glad I had my photo shooting-music box. Remember the days when you would have to run with a CD player and hope it didn't skip? I even owned a gigantic pair of am/fm headphones with an antenna that stuck straight up! #thegoodolddays #tmi #islands #sunset #rarotonga
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 28, 2016