Hello Hello all 🙂
Well, I have been so busy over the past few weeks that this is the first time I have been able to sit put and write on here! I really miss keeping you all up to date- and there is so much to tell!
So I am back out on Lady Elliot Island, working as an island/marine wildlife tour guide- the best part about the island is the Green Zone that protects it for about 15km around! It’s a sanctuary for many species of marine life! So my job is to show people the beauty of it! (Not a hard task if you ask me 😉
I’ll be out here for a while- luckily I have plenty of manta rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins and whales to keep me company! I will be using this time to gain underwater footage and to plan my In Our Hands campaign. Over here on the island I will also be developing my talks and presentations to give at schools and universities around Australia next year!
Back to life on the reef… about a week and a half ago I had the incredible joy to witness two wild bottlenose dolphins hunting along the reef during a snorkelling tour! There was an adult female, and her juvenile young. I lay motionless on top of the ocean surface as the beautiful dolphins surfaced near me over and over- meanwhile retreating to their game of ‘cat and mouse’ with a nearby school of big eyed trevally… The last time I witnessed dolphins underwater was through nets in the notorious dolphin hunting village of Taiji last January.. you can imagine how different this experience was for me. It was a day I will always remember! 🙂
Here’s a video I put together of last week’s dolphin encounter as well as some other friends I made along the way here! I’ll be uploading a video every week to the Lady Elliot Island Youtube channel updating on some of the nature encounters we have here 🙂
Last night I had the amazing honour to watch another of John Meech’s presentations on his work with Sea Turtles. John is a leading contributor to vital sea turtle research based in Australia- I’ve been learning so much about these amazing sea creatures during his visits out to Lady Elliot- since 2009! 🙂
So I plan on updating here all about my time on the reef much more often from now on! I’ll be uploading my second Lady Elliot Youtube video with footage I gained this week here on the reef freediving with turtles and being amongst a 10+ Manta Ray feeding frenzy!
I’ll also have some updates on the In Our Hands campaign shortly 🙂
You’ll be seeing me back here very soon 😉