My Story

T036A3 leaping into the air after a successful porpoise hunt.

T036A3 leaping into the air after a successful porpoise hunt.

 
 

It all started when…

Since I was young enough to remember, I have been fascinated by the ocean and it’s inhabitants. In particular cetaceans became an obsession mine. I was fortunate to go to Florida with my family on vacation when I was young and I would spend all my time sitting by the ocean looking for dolphins. On one occasion, a single wild bottlenose dolphin approached me at just sat motionless just below my feet. It started to roll around and open it’s mouth looking up at me. I was overwhelmed. I got up and started walking along the seawall and the dolphin followed me doing barrel rolls below me. I went back every day and every day, there the dolphin was. We would go for walks together and that really solidified my passion for these amazing animals and my path to whale research and photography.

Since then, I chased the dream of working with these amazing animals and that path led me to British Columbia in 2007, where I started studying biology. I got a position in the whale watching business soon after and never looked back. Since then, I have been photographing, researching and getting to know the wild population of killer whales and humpback whales on the west coast. During the winters, I have traveled abroad and spent time working on whale watching boats in Hawaii and New Zealand. Those places were incredible and I have memories that will never leave me from those adventures but the Pacific Northwest is my home.