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.


  • 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
  • I loved the contrast in scenery when #diving the mangroves; murky water, a soft, silty bottom and juvenile species of all shapes and sizes. This baby spotted eagle ray was one of my favorites...after the #sharks, of course! #Galapagos #eagleray  #aetobatisnarinari #getwetoften
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 22, 2015
  • One of my favorite moments of the @ngpristineseas expedition so far was being surrounded by this bait ball. The #scad schooled so tightly around me that it was disorienting and, of course, mesmerizing. We went #diving to see what predators were hunting. A few yellowfin #tuna preyed on the school, the sound of their powerful tail was unforgettable. There were hundreds of thousands of fish. It's amazing to see a place so alive. #marinescience #Galapagos #moderndaypostcards #getwetoften #lovemyjob
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 18, 2015
  • Have I mentioned that there are a lot of #sharks here in #Galapagos ? This silky with a gimp fin got so close that I had trouble keeping her in frame. Luckily, she stayed around for a while so we could see her beautiful shape and color. #carcharhinusfalciformis #sharkresearch #diving #sharkspacific
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 17, 2015
  • New research shows that the northern islands of Darwin and Wolf in the #Galapagos have the largest biomass of #sharks on the planet! Yesterday, I got to #freedive with some of the locals. #silkyshark #carcharhinusfalciformis #gopro #sharks #sharkresearch
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 16, 2015
  • We are at Darwin Island, the northernmost of the #Galapagos and one of the sharkiest places on earth. I will post shark photos soon, but this #snapper was SO big (>3ft) and so curious, I just had to share. Photo taken with my new camera, the amazing little Sony RX100 iv with a Nauticam housing. #diving  #pargo #pargoprieto #pacificdogsnapper #lutjanusnovemfasciatus
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 14, 2015
  • A rare sighting; an all-woman submarine dive in #Galapagos, on expedition with @natgeo (we missed you, Sylvia!) Our team includes the inspirational Diana Garcia, the only current commercial female sub-pilot in the world, @maureen_galaviz, a bad-ass shooter, producer and documentary filmmaker at @ngpristineseas and me, a biologist! This photo was taken with a @GoPro just as we began our descent to the sea floor. Stay tuned for updates on what we found! #womeninSTEM #submarine #exploration #science #conservation #proudmoment
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 12, 2015
  • Spent time exploring the mangroves of Isla Fernandina in #Galapagos. There were enormous #seaturtles around every bend. To see a video of me #diving with these guys, check out @ngpristineseas #cheloniamydas #darwinsplayground
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 09, 2015