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Travel here Next year!

As the world changes so dramatically and international travel becomes a distant memory, finding the confidence to explore this amazing natural world when we can, might take some time. In the meantime, we want to encourage as many people as possible to #travelherenextyear and explore our backyard.

With this in mind, we are launching a series of marine life experiences and interactions found only in Australia. We are calling this “Natures Great Events” Swim with Dolphins, dive with Great White Sharks, play with sealions, come face to face with whale sharks. We want you to stay safe but also be part of the adventure in our great outdoors.

And as soon as we can welcome our international visitors again, we want them to experience our beautiful country and this world class natural wonder we call home. Australia has so much to offer and as we endeavour to make this a safe place again, we hope you can join us and explore our beautiful coastline, unique wildlife and diverse environment.

Stay safe and see you on the other side.

Chasing Dragons – Oceanographic Magazine

I was recently featured in Oceanographic Magazine’s latest edition talking about my fascination with Weedy and Leafy seadragons.

In the temperate waters of the southern parts of Australia, these truly unique wonders lay hidden, camouflaged by nature, an evolutionary chameleon of the ocean. One might say I’m a little obsessed with these magnificent creatures and I will bypass most marine life if I know there is a Weedy or Leafy seadragon in the vicinity. I’ve been focused on capturing some unique images over several years, and I hope to launch an exhibition to support citizen science in protecting the species, their habitat and creating awareness for these fragile creatures .

If you want to learn more about these intricate and ornate seadragons, check out Oceanographic Magazine for the full story.

 

2020 Kangaroo Island Fundraiser

We are truly humbled by the response we’ve received to our fundraiser for the rescue and rehabilitation efforts for the wildlife who have been injured in the recent Australian bushfires.

We originally started with a fundraising target of $5,000 and we were quickly blown away by the generous international response we received, ending up with a staggering total of $33,200 in 10 days! 

We will be distributing the funds across the various organisations in Kangaroo Island, you can see the work all these organisations and independent carers are doing:

We received 1668 entries and we are excited to announce the winners of our raffle draw:

 

Congratulations to you both!

Thank you again to everyone who contributed, sent messages of support and offers of assistance to help with this important cause!

Swimming with Gentle Giants appearing at the 2020 Ocean Film Festival

I’m excited to announce that my film Swimming with Gentle Giants will be featured as part of the 2020 Ocean Film Festival!

Produced and directed by Stefan Andrews from Ocean Imaging, Swimming with Gentle Giants explores my close connection to humpback whales and showcases some of the unique behaviours I’ve experienced while swimming with them in the pristine waters of Tonga.

Australian & New Zealand ocean lovers will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet this coming February to April as the Ocean Film Festival World Tour makes a splash in cinemas across both countries. The festival, which features a carefully curated selection of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed will light up silver screens in 35 towns and cities. 

Tickets and screening times are available here

 

A big shout out to my amazing skipper Sione Fifita, expert local guide Vili Takau and Whales in the Wild who have supported and guided my adventures in Tonga for many years and who have helped make this film possible.

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