From the Irish Sea to the Indian Ocean

Carrying out a CoralWatch survey

Carrying out a CoralWatch survey

I was absolutely delighted to be asked to join the WiseOceans team at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles and couldn’t wait to get stuck into my new role as a Marine Educator! Looking back at my first month here in Seychelles, I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone and how much has happened! Of course I had the obligatory first week lobster look, which has now developed into a rather fetching Marine Educator tan (hello backs of legs and mask lines!). I have loved getting to know the reef and all its inhabitants; from the tricky coral species, to all the colourful fish, the elegant eagle rays, turtles and majestic white tip reef shark; in my first month I have seen thousands of species of all kinds of animal. You never quite know what you’re going to get when you walk down to the beach in the morning, and that makes it so super exciting and keeps us learning every day!

Hannah having microscope fun

Hannah having microscope fun

I was really excited to read about the lead that Seychelles has taken in sustainable tourism and natural conservation land on the islands and it’s been great to see how these are put in place and maintained first hand and the impact. To promote the value of the environment is crucial in its conservation for future generations and I believe that education and awareness are key. So I’m now really excited to be here to help inspire and engage some new faces on the other side of the world!

Hannah helping young guests learn about plankton

Hannah helping young guests learn about plankton

Getting to spend all day on the beach, in and out of the water is a dream job, and to be doing it as part of such a fun team is a pleasure. There is never a dull moment on the beach! I love chatting to all the guests – meeting people from all backgrounds and countries all over the world is so inspiring, and I always take great pleasure in sharing my passion and knowledge with people who are interested! It’s brilliant to be able to share such amazing experiences with these people – there is nothing better than having a guest that is just as excited as you to see a fish! Working with children has always been something I’ve loved too, and it’s so much fun getting to know the kids at the resort and inspiring the next generation of marine biologists whether it’s through the microscope lense or an intense game of Top Trumps!

I love to travel, and the opportunity to experience living in a new country and community, immersed in a totally different culture is very exciting! I’m from a small town in Wales where community has always played a big part, so I’m really enjoying being part of a new community, and have made many friends from all over the world already. Life in Seychelles is great – what’s not to like about picture postcard beaches with crystal clear water that is so full of marine life!? There is so much to learn about the rich biodiversity found within our little bay – I have been fascinated by what I’ve already learnt, and can’t wait to see what more the year has in store for us here in Petite Anse!

Educating future marine biologist during a visit from International School Seychelles students

Educating future marine biologist during a visit from International School Seychelles students

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