Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes

How to work in conservation with Philipp Opperman

The newest episode of the Ocean Pancake Podcast is up!

Have you always wanted a career in ocean conservation? In this week’s Ocean Pancake Podcast, Philipp Opperman discusses how he got into working with Shark Conservancy and other conservation efforts without being a Marine Biologist.

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We also touch upon seeing Great White Sharks underwater, treating yourself as a brand to maximize your potential to help the planet, along with worthwhile investments into your future.

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Podcast Episodes

How does Quitting Meat Save Marine Life?

Environmentalist, vegan activist, public speaker, and marine Biologist Scott Wallace talk to me about how going vegan can save our oceans and planet.

Check out the episode here.

Is going meat-free on Monday enough? What is the singular greatest thing you can do to help our marine life? How is Marine Biology linked to agriculture?

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Check out how this spearfishing, meat-loving, Australian local learned about the impacts of commercial agriculture, and how intertwined animal agriculture is with the health of our oceans.

He has been on Sea Shepherd campaigns, worked with Shark Conservancy, and spoken at Vegan festivals.

Check out his facebook page and instagram called Earthcentred!

Podcast Episodes

Study and Save Sharks in South Africa with Philipp Oppermann

What is the connection between sharks, livers, and killer whales? This is one of the fun facts that this conservation lover, ocean diver, and world traveller shared with me.

Check out part 1 of this two past podcast episode here.

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This week Phillip Oppermann shares probably my favourite ocean facts with me while discussing experience in Shark Conservancy in South Africa.

How did a non marine biologist get the opportunity to work with sharks? What does a typical day look like for volunteers? How does tagging great whites look like?

Learn how you can get involved and help save sharks today. 

Podcast Episodes

Where Do Our Yogurt Cups Go? With Alexis Mcgivern

Have you ever stopped to ponder where that ice cream packaging you threw away in 2nd grade went?

Well, Alexis Mcgivern had her ‘Plasteka-Eureka’ moment a few years ago, when she realised much of the trash we ever created is still somewhere on this planet.

Check out the podcast episode here.

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Join me with this incredible plastic-free warrior to discuss her journey, her experiences in dealing with waste management on the pristine islands of the Maldives, her work with the IUCN and her ultimate tips to help live a plastic-free life!

This amazing human being runs her own website named No Plastic Please with plenty of resources.

Make sure to check out her TEDeX talk on How to Live a Plastic Free Life!

Volunteering

Volunteer with Reef Restoration Foundation

Could you believe that the Great Barrier Reef did not have a single reef restoration organization or charity until 2016? Neither could I, nor the incredible individuals who started Reef Restoration Foundation in November of that year.

The Great Barrier Reef is known worldwide as the largest living ecosystem in the world and is comprised of more than 32,000 individual reefs. In Queensland alone, over 64,000 jobs depend on it and the tourism brings in over $6.4 billion dollars annually.

Unfortunately, all of this is in danger due to climate change. The increasing sea temperatures, ocean acidification, and pollution will have severe impacts on fragile coral.

What is the Reef Restoration Foundation’s goal?

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Photo by Jon Larra Dive

The Reef Restoration Foundation aims to plant 1 million corals back on the reef by the year 2026. They are choosing to bleach resistant mother corals, breaking off parts and encouraging them to reproduce asexually. They do this by planting coral trees in stable conditioned areas, then monitoring the growth, cleaning them of extra algae and out planting them.

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Scuba Diving, Volunteering

Volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef

It’s the second to last day of the ten-day trip I volunteered on with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and honestly, I am sad to go. These past 8 days have taught me about scientific data gathering, coral species, fish identification they have allowed me to dive some of the most pristine and untouched reefs I have ever seen all while on a boat with excellent company and delicious food. For anyone looking to volunteer and expand your marine science knowledge volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef is the ideal place for you.

Prerequisites

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Before you do volunteer with aims, you will need to provide a plethora of documentation to prove your qualifications and skills. Amongst these will be:

  • A professional dive medical less than a year old. The 2299 in Australia.
  • First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation with Oxygen provider certification.
  • Minimum of PADI Rescue Diver qualification or equivalent.
  • 50 hours of logged diving. (This is very important, you must have your logbook signed, dated with all the relevant information filled in)
  • Be 18 years of age

You will also have to go through an induction in Townsville at the AIMS headquarters, fill out numerous liability releases, safety sheets and become familiar with the equipment. Once on the boat you will also have dive and boat induction on your first day.

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Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes

Saving Sharks and Working in Conservation with Scott Wallace

The newest episode of the Ocean Pancake Podcast is out! This time it’s featuring my dear friend Scott Wallace!

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Are you interested in protecting the oceans apex predators? Getting involved in conservation and saving the oceans with Sea Shepherd. Scott Wallace is an environmental scientist, scuba diver, passionate educator, and activist. He believes we should transition our world view into a more earth-centered one. Join us on part 1 of the two-part podcast, with part 2 focusing on veganism!

Make sure to follow the wonderful Scott on instagram and facebook.

We talk about some really interesting stuff including what over fishing really means and the terrible dangers sharks are in. If the oceans die we die, so help me and help Scott protect our planet.

Did you know its almost Juneocean? The thirty ways in thirty days on how to protect our planet will be coming from June 1st!

Have you checked out the free guide you can download here?

Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes

Can Bacteria solve the Plastic Crisis? With Maria Pinto

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The long awaited Ocean Pancake Podcast is here, with the first episode delving into the world of Marine Biology.

Maria Pinto, who is studying her PhD in Microbial Oceanography, joins me today to talk about all things ocean. She has recently started a website which focuses on scientific communication.

  • How did she become a Marine Biologist?
  • What is the relationship between plastics and microbes?
  • What does the day look like for a Marine Biologist?
  • What can we do as individuals to help protect the ocean?

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comoros, Travel

Humpback Whales in Moheli Comoros

 

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It is that time of the year again, when the humpback whales have arrived to Mohéli, Comoros. A remote, isolated island in the country of Comoros located in the Indian Ocean north of Madagascar. These clean, calm and safe waters have been the birthing ground for Humpback whales for as long as the locals remember, and every year from July to October pregnant mama’s travel all the way from Antarctica to give birth here.

Photos by the ever talented Philipp Oppermann.

Humpback Whale Migration

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How to, Travel

How To Relocate A Sea Turtle Nest

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Mother nature knows best, and in her infinite wisdom a balance of life and death has been created on our planet. Unfortunately due to human kind breaking out of it’s mold and conquering just about every corner of our earth, whether its physical presence in the harshest desert landscapes, drilling for oil deep beneath the ocean or separating ourselves from nature with impressive buildings and creations. Our success has come at a steep price for many species on this earth, and we are currently living through the Holocene mass extinction. The next mass extinction since Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, where no tetrapods larger than 25 kg except the leatherback turtle and crocodile survived.

The IUCN (International Union Conservation of Nature) monitors the population levels, health, distribution and projection of animals and decides to award them one of the 7 labels. Ranging from least concern to extinct. Sea turtles, who are sleek and elegant however have been hunted for their flesh and eggs by several cultures worldwide, are all on the endangered species list. There are 7 species of turtle, and none of them have escaped the effects of human expansion. That is why, whenever we see an injured, trapped or struggling turtle, it is our responsibility to help.

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Green Sea Turtle Status

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