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Good news for the Ocean in 2022

Good news for the Ocean in 2022

As 2022 comes to an end we find ourselves a year closer to not reaching many climate action deadlines, the looming time we have to change the future of our planet feels ever closer - eco anxiety can be at an all time high. Not to mention, when it's topped off with two months of Christmas consumerism madness, and your prime minister has decided to reopen coal mines after 30 years, amidst a climate emergency. So, as we feel like we have taken a giant step back for mankind, it’s important to remember that there were definitely some big steps...

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Shortlisted in Sketch For Survival

Shortlisted in Sketch For Survival

I recently received the amazing news that my art work of 'John Coe' has been shortlisted in the internationally renowned art competition Sketch For Survival by Explorers Against Extinction.  With over 3000 entries from across the world, I am so proud to have made it to the shortlist of the final 15 artists. I'm so happy to get the opportunity to tell the story of John Coe and celebrate the beauty of the Hebrides with people around the world.    Needless to say I am absolutely delighted! My original ink drawing of John Coe has been exhibited at the Crypt Gallery in...

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Searching for Basking Sharks in Scotland's Hebridean Islands

Searching for Basking Sharks in Scotland's Hebridean Islands

As the days draw shorter my summer of wildlife watching in the Hebrides has come to an end. Months of watching the sea, navigating the forecast, wild swimming on some of Scotland's most remote beaches and swimming with one of the worlds most elusive giants - the mighty basking shark. Back home from a summer spent on the Isle of Coll, a tranquil island paradise situated in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, I've finally some time to reflect on another summer of cold water adventures.  Where is the Isle of Coll? Many of you won't be familiar with the Isle of Coll, a lesser...

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World Oceans Day Art Competition

World Oceans Day Art Competition

This month I was honoured to be asked to be on the judging panel for the World Oceans Day Art Competition with the Pearl Protectors. Art is a great medium for sharing both a love of the ocean and to highlight the conservation threats facing it. It was so inspiring seeing the work from entrants age 4 and upwards and filled me with hope that there are so many young artivists in the making. It was a difficult job picking out a shortlist from the 140 artists who submitted work.   © Artwork by the Pearl Protectors 2022 Who are the Pearl...

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Mother Ocean - Learn About Humpback Whales!

Mother Ocean - Learn About Humpback Whales!

For me there is no creature more fascinating than the humpback whale, their impressive size, gentle nature and mysterious lives exploring the open ocean make me think these animals all have a life time of stories to tell. There is something about the eyes of a whale that reveal a glimpse in to that creatures soul. Staring deep in to those magical eyes you get the sense you are being seen by a creature full of wisdom, compassion and empathy on par with our own. Now these are purely anthropogenic projections, but there are plenty of tales about these ocean giants...

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