Mark Patrick Martin

Mark Patrick Martin

Vieques PR

Wise Laboratory of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology; Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Universidad del Atlantico Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana USGS Ticatove

Director of Community Relations & Field Research

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Published on May 07, 2016

Endgame

It was the end of a trip of a lifetimeIt was incomplete We had half a day and people had cell phone service again. It had been spotty even when we had it. There was something disappointed about hav...

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Published on May 03, 2016

Rogue

One of the last days, sadness wanted to come over me but Iwas having too much fun. We were all in a zone. We were ready, if we had moretime and no stops we probably would have had 50 samples. We al...

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Published on Apr 30, 2016

flying whales

We were back on the chase for giantsI was counting the days with dread, how many 3 more days 4? I learned to savor the best moments in life and only missed them later. No time to waste on anything ...

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Published on Apr 29, 2016

An epic 5 minutes

The surroundingNot seeing whales was not good for our so far successful team. It was as if we couldn’t understand not being successful at spotting whales. We have forgotten that there are less and ...

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Published on Apr 27, 2016

A whale party and Ric the blue

Day5th and 6 – April 5 and 6, 2016 5th of April whale partyThe last two days had been different, we had a disappointing day with no whales. Me and Johnny got to explore. We deployed a paddleboard a...

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Published on Apr 25, 2016

Monday April 4, 2016 – Day 3 at Sea by Dr. Wise

Monday April 4, 2016 – Day 3 at SeaIt was a quiet day at sea today. Brilliant sunshine. Cool breeze created by the movement of the boat. Calm water. Rocky cliffs and desolate island surrounding us...

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Published on Apr 25, 2016

Mark Martin's Log April 3

April 3rd 2016 Arrived at the red planet, whales lived thereAs I awoke in the sail the sky has lost its lights. It was now covered in a crisp orange hue that covered everything softly and in combin...

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Published on Apr 22, 2016

Mark Martin's log April 2, 2016

April 2 2016The start of something bigThe days before today were a whirlwind. Like many of, my colleagues we left busy lives in very different places to be here in our version of one of our heavens...

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Published on Apr 22, 2016

Mark's log postings

Hi All,I have had some technical challenges with my logon. I will post two today. Yesterday's and today's to catch up. Mark

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Well, there is a controlled euphoria of sorts. Our work, training and the procedures and protocols are priority. We enjoy the view, but we know what we have to do. We respect the whales power and strength, specially with our interaction with it but in terms of navigation, it is better than all the captains on the boat. So free swimming it will rarely hit a boat. Some of the concerns are navigating into a breach or if there are calves around. Fast speeds and unusual turns. It is recommended that boats stay clear and do not approach whales unless they are trained and are assisting or carrying out research. It became clear on the trip that some people fell prey to the awesomeness of it and dropped everything else and that some people would always be ready to implement the steps needed.
May 01, 2016
Are Pollutant Levels Changing in Marine Life? A Case Study of Metal Levels in Whales in the Sea of Cortez
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