Meet The Crew - Georgia
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Auckland but my family are originally from Matakana Island in the Bay of Plenty.
What is your previous experience (uni/research/other relevant jobs etc.)?
I have a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Marine Biology from Otago University. I also graduated this year with a Masters in Conservation Biology from Massey University. I conducted research on aggression in anemones so have knowledge of plankton and sessile marine invertebrates/intertidal relationships. I also recently became a marine mammal medic with Project Jonah, so I know a thing or two about whales, dolphins and porpoises and other marine mammals.
How long have you been working for Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari?
Since March 2018
What's the best thing about working in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park?
The best thing about working out in the Hauraki Gulf is that you never know what you are going to see day to day. I love that we have so many different species large and small and it makes me feel so privileged that my job helps to raise awareness for all these creatures. Also, the fact that the Hauraki Gulf is our office is amazing, few people get to experience such a beautiful place to work.
It's easy for our jobs to become our world after all, it is our passion but what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy anything that has to do with the water, whether it's swimming, snorkelling and diving, recreational boating or simply taking a stroll down the many beaches Auckland has to offer. I also love to travel to new places and explore new cultures, shopping and cuisine.
What's your favourite animal in the whole wide world?
That’s hard, I can’t pick just one so I’ll have to pick a few. My favourite animals in the whole wide world are sea turtles, manta rays, anemones and my dog Cyprus.
If there is one question you could have answered about the oceans right this instant, what would it be?
How and when are we going to fix the plastic problem in our oceans?
If there's one place in the world you could visit (money no object), where would it be and why?
Sun island in the Maldives because it is so beautiful and tranquil, I would love to experience the diving there with the many different marine animals but mostly the whale sharks.
Any particular stand out memories or highlights during your time so far at AWADS?
This one’s easy, it would definitely be when I observed my first pygmy blue whale who decided that they would fluke (show us their tail flukes, while diving) right next to the boat. It was such a magical and extremely rare moment that I was very lucky to see.
If you could give your passengers one piece of advice, what would it be?
My one piece of advice to passengers would be to not try so hard to get photos, put the camera down and fully experience the magical moments in the Gulf. It’s much better to be present for the moment than to try and relive that moment through a picture. It’s just not the same.