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a glimpse of my day job

I don’t usually post pictures from my real job, in part because I spend more time these days in meetings than on boats.  (Spending 12+ hours a day on a small boat with no bathroom is for the young).  Also I can’t publish many of my best shots taken in US waters due to endangered species permit restrictions.  Right whales are high maintenance like that.  But I’ve always loved photography and when you spend enough time in the field with a camera in your hand…..the art-y marine biologist shots start to pile up.

The other day I was cleaning out some camera cards and came across a few good shots I’d completely forgotten about.  So figured I’d share….all photos taken by me over the years.

This was literally my view for much of the year 2000.  The stern of a gillnet boat.  Not pictured is a pickle bucket for a bathroom that you unfortunately saw the sternman taking a dump in earlier.  Why he had to do this in the wheelhouse, I’ll never know.

Provincetown, from an airplane the size of a Hyundai Elantra

Very large white shark and a dead humpback whale

From the Discovery Channel show “Jaws Comes Home.”  Alternate title “Erin spends 9 hours standing on the roof of the wheelhouse with no shade and no railing.”

Discovery Channel crew

Gotta love those Fundy tides

Salem Common from the air.  Nick and I got married in that stone rotunda.

Grand Manan Island

Maybe boat life isn’t so bad, except for the pickle bucket.  I prefer to hang a ham off the gunwales.  Feel the breeze on my butt cheeks.




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  1. Michelle says:

    Beautiful pictures!!!

  2. If I had a nickel for every time I hung a ham off the gunwales! Seriously, these are great shots. When you sell them online, let us all know.

    • says:

      Sometimes, depending on the height of the gunwales and the wave situation, you get a little bidet action.

  3. I so miss being on water 🙁 Great shots! I agree with putting them on this site for sale.

  4. Debbie A. says:

    Beautiful pictures! You are awesome with a camera. Thanks for sharing.

  5. So good! Miss you guys!

  6. karen e dutton says:

    Such great photos, Erin!! I must admit, after seeing a shark that size, that close, I would have let loose right then and there…hell with the bucket! Thank you for sharing – that one of the tip of Ptown is wonderful!

    • says:

      I know too much about our white shark situation around here. Glad we vacation at Lake George.

  7. Jean Page says:

    These pictures are amazing! Didn’t realize you were such a great photographer too. A woman of many talents! You should think of trying to sell some of these to magazines or such!?

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