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Social media has become a powerful tool for spreading messages, campaigns, ideas, images and more in the fight to protect our oceans. It has allowed us to connect with people all over the world and unite our voices for the ocean. Oliver Neville is from Sydney Australia and completed his marine science degree in 2015. Oliver has been diving all over the world and is using Instagram to share his passion for the ocean and ocean conservation. His page @Fathomlesslife has nearly 200 thousand followers and is filled with stunning ocean images. Thanks to Oliver for sharing some of his shark stories with us.
1. What is your favorite shark and why?
Now thats a tricky question as i actually am yet to see one in the wild, but I have always been fascinated with the Hammerheads! Why? Well who isn’t amazed with a shark that’s head is the shape of a hammer, so awesome!
2. What is one species of shark you would like to see in the wild?
I am going to have to cheat this question and answer twice. The first would be the hammerheads of course, especially in their large schools at Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands (google it guys and girls!). And the the whale shark, I think thats on everyones bucket list.
3. What made you want to become a marine biologist?
To be honest I started off wanting to do medicine but always had a passion for the ocean. Once I got to university I did subjects learning about humans as well as animals. Much preferred learning about animals, especially the marine ones.
4. Can you tells us about one of your favorite shark encounters?
My favorite shark encounter would probably have to be out with One Ocean Diving, located in the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It was an amazing experience to be snorkeling with up to 20+ sharks around you (mix of Galapagos and Sandbar), some of them coming so close I could’ve touched them! Check out this little clip I made from my swim. I’ll definitely be back there again one day, hoping to bump into a Tiger shark!
5. As a marine biologist, do you want to work with sharks? Any particular shark? Any particular area of research?
Of course, I would love to work with sharks if given the opportunity! Maybe whale sharks, have always had an obsession for megafauna in and out of the water. Or even The big Great Whites considering we know so little, I would love to find out where these guys go for mating.
6. In your opinion, why are sharks such amazing animals?
Personally, there are many reasons as to why I think they are amazing:
1. They are one of the most successful apex predators out there!
2. They have been around for at least 400 million years, which is around 200 million years before the first dinosaurs appeared. How cool is that!
3. From my experiences with them in the water, they seem to be just as curious about us as we are about them. They aren’t looking to hurt us!
4. Just their sheer beauty and elegance as they effortlessly swim through the water! Its magical to watch.
7. You have a great instagram following, do you think this helps conservation?
Thank you! I believe every little thing helps. Even if one post just changes 5 peoples minds about sharks and their behaviour, hopefully they will then go and tell their friends and family what they have learnt or seen! I would consider that pretty successful
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