Pristine, for now..

The weather has been absolutely beautiful this week on Lady Elliot! There’s nothing better than to wake up every morning and walk only 20 metres from the big old house I live in here to check the conditions out on the reef and be greeted with a sight of pure serenity and beauty. Astonishingly white sand and coral rubble and crystal light blue waters with areas of reef underneath. For me- the best part is picturing all the wildlife below- the Sea Turtles suspended in the deep blue, or tucked under a coral ledge having a snooze, Manta Rays gliding along effortlessly against a zooming current…

Spring is here! πŸ™‚ and below is my next weekly video instalment about life underwater here on the reef!

This place is so pristine… it’s 80 kms from the mainland and 40 kms from the nearest island north along the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave. It is completely protected by law, a Green Zone in the GBR Marine Park, which enforces a ban on the taking of wildlife within a 15km radius (commercial and recreational fishing and spearfishing). The island’s eco resort runs with an almost 70% reduced carbon footprint, with the aim of a 100% reduction in the near future! (I will tell you guys all about our eco initiatives in a blog soon πŸ™‚

Even out here though, we see the effects of what is going on in our oceans all over the world.

This morning I was absolutely devastated to hear about the first drive in Taiji, Japan this morning- a pod of Pilot Whales are in the cove right now awaiting their fate. They will either be stolen from our oceans to live a dismal life in captivity or they will be slaughtered mercilessly… Make your voice heard to stop this, email your concerns to your nearest Japanese Embassy today!

However, of course, it is never just one or even a few governments behind the complete devastation effecting our oceans.. Even in Australia right now we are facing a potentially catastrophic commercial fishing disaster with the monster Super Trawler, the Margiris, entering Australian waters. This is a vessel with the capacity to fit 13 large planes within it’s nets… We do, however, have the power to stop it-Β send an email to and urge him to stop the Super Trawler set to decimate marine ecosystems along the Australian coastline!

My next blog set to be uploaded within the next few days with another video will go into the progress and future of my In Our Hands campaign- with some pics of a recent presentation I gave for a big school group that came out to Lady Elliot for a visit! πŸ™‚

Sorry I’ve been a little quiet out here lately- but be sure that I have been working hard and saving for my conservation projects! πŸ™‚ I’ll soon be able to get a new underwater video camera, so I’m excited to show you all what I witness out here on the reef everyday in much better quality!

As always, please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or comments at

Nic πŸ™‚




  1. Beautiful video – thanks Nicole. I’m off to Cairns by train tomorrow (on the might Sunlander) and hope I can get to see something of the reef.

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