My first month as a Marine Educator..

I have been living and working in Seychelles for just over one month now and it has gone so fast. I am enjoying all aspects of the job and I love how varied it is – you never get bored here.

It’s great having a job where I can go into the ocean most days of the week and see the amazing marine life this area has to offer. The best creatures I have seen so far out in the water are some whitetip reef sharks, a hawksbill turtle, a large school of bumphead parrotfish feeding on the reef, octopuses and two eagle rays displaying courtship behaviour.

It’s fantastic being able to combine education with science. I definitely feel like I’m making a difference by educating guests on the importance of marine ecosystems and being able to contribute to important research, including beach profiling surveys, coral health assessment surveys and fish surveys. I have also been on two SCUBA dives to carry out important maintenance work on the coral nursery where we are re-growing coral fragments to regenerate the local reef.

I have also been able to put my design and illustration skills to use by creating a new kids card game, where you have to match different cartoons of marine animals. It has felt a little bit like cheating as it’s the kind of thing I like to do in my spare time! I love being part of the team here and I’m looking forward to what the next year is going to bring.

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One Response to My first month as a Marine Educator..

  1. Tom Garrud June 8, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    Gosh!!
    You have combined, wonderfully, a pictorial view of the scope of your work with a great sense of enjoyment – and that will be evident to your ‘students’, and entrance them.
    It is wonderful.
    To your non-swimming Grandpa – sadly it doesn’t make going underwater attractive.
    But your enjoyment is a joy – I love hearing of it.
    Your lucky Grandpa

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