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Eric is an avid naturalist and explorer. He focuses on wildlife photography and underwater photo/video, traveling all over the world to experience some of nature’s most magnificent wonders.
Clive has worked on many large ships as a cetacean researcher and has also run extensive public education programmes on these ships to highlight not only the wonder of the ocean fauna, but to highlight the pressure put on them by mankind. He has set up charities dealing with whale and dolphin conservation and research.
Clive is now a life and founding partner of the World Cetacean Alliance and also Orca Rescues Foundation which has made grants to scientists and specialists working to ensure that captivity of ocean megafauna is decreased and the animals are released back to either sea-side sanctuaries or the ocean. It is his hope that cetaceans will cease to be exploited for captivity and that the cruelty they are subjected to during whaling will one day end.
As a marine naturalist and part-time deck-hand/photographer living on Whidbey Island, Washington State, Richard has the opportunity to see a variety of marine mammals. Along with his wife Sandra Pollard (author of Puget Sound Whales for Sale), they meet people from all over the world who join them on the whale watch boat Mystic Sea to encounter these magnificent creatures in the wild.
Sightings include both Transient and Resident Orcas, Grey, Humpback and Minke Whales, a rare Fin Whale, Stellar and California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Dalls Porpoise and the occasional River Otter.
Futurismo Ltd. was created in 1990 by Mr. Ruben Rodrigues. Their whale and dolphin watching activity began on the north coast of São Miguel Island in 1996 and later expanded to Pico Island and the south coast of São Miguel where it now continues. Over the years they have acquired several boats, with the latest addition to their fleet being their catamaran “Cetus” in 2010. In 2006 Futurismo expanded its touristic activities to land to include jeep tours, walking tours, van tours and later bike tours. In 2011 the company was branded as “Futurismo Azores Adventures” and they are now the largest active tourism company in the Azores that offer a variety of packages of sea and land activities throughout the Azores archipelago.
Punta Norta Orca Research is a non-profit international organization based on the Peninsula Valdés, Chubut, Argentina. The mission is to scientifically study and better understand the unique population of orca in this area, including their distribution and foraging techniques. They seek to educate the public about these animals and their delicate environment.
Raggy Charters was started in 1997 in order to run marine eco tours in Algoa Bay and thus generate a steady supply of income in order to run the Baywatch project. Raggy Charters has the only Boat Based Whale Watching permit for Algoa Bay. The Penguin Research Fund was started by Lloyd Edwards and wife, Dr Lorien Pichegru in 2009, in order to raise funds for penguin (and cetacean) research and construct a research vessel (launched in 2011).
Having been inspired to explore a career in nature photography by his father’s travels in Antarctica, Darren Jew now pursues a passion for capturing and sharing the wonder of the natural world. After graduating from the Queensland College of Art, Darren first worked in commercial photography, before taking up a position as photographer with the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, where he worked for 8 years. Darren moved on from that part of his career in 1994 and his work is now published widely in books, magazines and paper products. He has had the opportunity to photograph extensively across Australia and in Africa, Alaska, Patagonia and Antarctica and have introduced many people to the world’s great wildlife and landscape destinations first hand, through small group photography tours, predominantly to Africa and Antarctica and the Pacific.