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Scientist in Limbo

Established during my time between projects, this website aims to encompass a wide range of topics underpinned by my fascination of Mother Nature and all her weird and wonderful elements. Articles, grounded in scientific fact but with a smidge of the mystical, cover adventure, exploration and discovery. Read more about Cabo Talhado, Nomadic Conservation, Terra Australis Incognita, the Vomit Comet, Visitors from the Deep and the Kingdom in the Clouds by checking out the Articles page.

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Sunrise over Robberg and the Island

 

About Me

I am a BSc graduate, with a double major in Zoology and Botany, from the Nelson Mandela University in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I also spent a year in Scotland studying Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and three years working through the Game Ranging and Wildlife Management course while volunteering at a local private game reserve. My key focus is on conservation biology, animal behaviour and rehabilitation while my other interests include exploring, writing and photography. I am a Cape Town-based writer of natural science with the aim of making accessible the findings usually trapped within the language of scientific journals and subsequently bridging the gap between the scientific and global communities. To find out more, head to the About Me page.

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Cetacean Observations

 

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Guardians of the Deep

An education programme introducing children to Marine Science and Ocean Conservation through after-school environmental clubs, field trips, innings and holiday clubs. The six-year curriculum is divided into a two-year/eight-term course for three age groups; the SeaStars (Grades 4 and 5), the Raggies (Grades 6 and 7) and the Orcas (Grades 8 and 9). Each term includes field trips that link to the topic being studied and, when available, guest speakers chat to the kids about their initiatives to show that anyone is able to make a difference; exposing them to the great groundswell of positive change that is currently moving through society and shifting perceptions. Guardians is even able to link up with, and chat to (via Skype), researchers, conservationists and filmmakers from across the world. More information can be found on the Guardians of the Deep page.

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Ocean Journey Book Series

Starts with A Journey of Hope. This book is about a little girl’s journey and relationship with the sea. A story laced with tales of mystical creatures and intertwined with the wonder of South Africa’s rugged landscape. A chance encounter with an entangled bottlenose dolphin sets Hope on a path of magical awakening as she discovers the beauty and abundance of the ocean. The power held within our everyday choices inspires Hope to instigate change as she begins her mission to protect the environment through the founding of an eco-club at her school. Her dream of becoming a marine biologist is realised as she continues to explore the natural environment, decrypting the ocean’s many mysteries.

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While Hope introduces the concept of how our everyday choices hold the power for environmental change, the other books in the Ocean Journey Book Series consider this from various animals’ perspectives as they undergo their own oceanic journey. Other than A Journey of Hope, there are currently 8 more planned books in the series. The entangled bottlenose dolphin in A Journey of Hope, is a wild dolphin that was first recorded in Plettenberg Bay on 19 May 1997 and was not seen in the bay again until he was photographed 18 years later on 19 May 2015 as part of the Garden Route Dolphin Research and Acoustic Monitoring Project. He became the inspiration for this story and also has a planned book of his own. The books will be available on the Ocean Journey Book Series page.

Long Beach Shaka

 

Lockdown Learning

Guardians of the Deep would like to invite all those kids wanting to explore the awesome ocean realm but, due to the recent COVID-19 Lockdown, think that they aren’t able to. Between the Lockdown Learning page and the Guardians Facebook Page, I have uploaded activities, crafts and learning resources that allow kids to immerse themselves in the wonder of the underwater world. Just because we can’t visit the beach, doesn’t mean that we can’t still make good ocean-minded choices, explore the deep-sea and fill in your Ocean Journals. I have also made available a series of online lessons covering such topics as the Deep Sea, Antarctica, Coral Reefs, Kelp Forests, the Floating Blue Community, Cetaceans and Sharks.

I will hold “Ask a Marine Biologist” Sessions on the Guardians Facebook Page, email your questions to guardiansofthedeep@yahoo.com, and even try and rope in some ocean-minded friends from other marine fields to join us for these sessions.

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Explore. Dream. Discover.