Confessions of a Marine Biologist: Tahitian Boat Race


What do marine biologists do in their spare time? I enter a televised Tahitian canoe race, in which I’m completely out of my league.

Many people think marine biologists are on vacation all the time – who could blame these people, when you’re working in places like French Polynesia? Unfortunately, free time during field research is hard to come by, so you have to use it wisely. This is why I started paddling with local Tahitians on their incredible outrigger canoes. The learning curve was steep, but once I thought I kind of got the hang of it, I was asked to enter a televised, national outrigger canoe race. Terror ensues.

Learn more about my life as a marine biologist here:

Learn more about my research in marine biology here:

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The music was created by my brother, Danny Gil, and his awesome band Downfall 2012:

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