Author Kathryn Curzon

Kathryn has lived in the UK, Egypt, South Africa and New Zealand and is a trained scuba diving instructor and Great White shark safari guide. She is the author of No Damage (December 2014), the Managing Editor of The Scuba News New Zealand, a freelance writer, public speaker and co-founder of the marine conservation cause Friends for Sharks (August 2014). In 2015 she organised and completed a 10-month global speaking tour in aid of shark conservation: 87 events, 8 countries, 7000 people. Learn more about Kathryn’s book, No Damage at: http://www.kathrynhodgsonauthor.com/books/no-damage/

Video – Freediving with Orcas in Norway

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to freedive with orcas? Jacques do Vos is an underwater photographer who regularly gets into the water with these magnificent creatures, most recently in Norway. Enjoy the stunning video of his experiences above. In an interview for RedBull, Jacques confirmed that people wanting to freedive with orcas on his expeditions needs to be qualified freedivers or have other suitable experience. When asked if he has been scared when freediving with orcas, he responded: ‘You should always remember that these are still wild animals, so I’m always cautious, but I’ve never really…

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Plastic-eating Caterpillar Could Solve Global Plastic Pollution.

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Amateur beekeeper accidentally discovers plastic-eating caterpillar that could solve global plastic pollution. A Spanish biologist and amateur beekeeper, Federica Bertocchini, has discovered a plastic-eating caterpillar that could be the solution to global plastic pollution. The caterpillar’s ability to consume plastic was accidentally discovered during routine bee hive maintenance and it’s has since been studied by Bertocchini and her peers at the University of Cambridge. Their findings have been published in Current Biology in April 2017. Federica Bertocchini, of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria, made her discovery when removing wax worms from the honeycombs of a beehive. Placing…

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Samoa and Tonga Sevens support shark conservation

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The Samoa and Tonga Sevens teams have been raising awareness for shark conservation with the Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF), Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) and Tuen Mun Sharks Mini rugby club. They joined forces to share the plight of sharks during the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in April 2017. The teams held a joint training session, with local media in attendance, to promote Pacific nations respect for the environment and the importance of sharks in the cultural heritage of Pacific islands. The Executive Director of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation taught the young rugby club players about shark…

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Marine Litter MOOC Now Available

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Open University have launched a new Marine Litter MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course. Starting in May 2017, this course seeks to encourage people to take action to address the global problem of marine litter. Students will learn to use successful and inspiring pollution prevention activities in their own communities, regardless of their professional background. Different tools and strategies will be investigated, alongside case studies, and the course will include interactions with stakeholder groups. The course aims to ‘inspire leadership at all levels… stimulating creative solutions to marine litter problems. Moreover, this course will benefit policymakers, practitioners, and managers who…

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New Zealand Artist Freeman White Creates Rob Stewart Tribute

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New Zealander Freeman White has created a stunning shark mural as a tribute to the late Rob Stewart. The mural was created as part of the Seawalls: Artists for Oceans festival in Napier during 20th – 25th March 2017 and is one of twenty large-scale murals around the city. Freeman confirmed ‘The founder of Pangeaseed, Tre Packard, was a personal friend of Rob Stewart and asked me if I would design a mural in dedication to Rob’s amazing work in the field of shark conservation.’ The mural was completed in five days and it measures approximately 24 x 4 metres.…

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Wellingtonian Sets New Zealand Freediving Record at 105m

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Wellingtonian Dave Mullins has set the New Zealand freediving record at the Cressi New Zealand Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, on 18th March 2017. Diving to a depth of 105m, using a single mono-fin, he has beat the previous record of 93m set by Austrian Herbert Nitsch. Dave Mullins, age 37, completed his record-breaking dive in three minutes and is the deepest dive ever recorded in New Zealand in all freediving disciplines. Whilst AIDI, the International Association for the Development of Apnea, don’t distinguish between salt and fresh water dives, he has unofficially set a record for the world’s deepest free…

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Best of: New Zealand’s South Island

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The South Island of New Zealand is known for its diverse and spectacular landscapes including remote national parks, golden beaches, World Heritage status rainforests, glaciers, and Mount Cook. Made famous by The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, it is a popular holiday destination for those seeking outdoor adventures and adrenaline highs. The South Island is also home to a number of marine reserves, a healthy population of great white sharks and a variety of dive sites. There is something suitable for all dive preferences and abilities and here are our top picks of diving the South Island. Mikhael…

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Best Of: New Zealand’s North Island

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New Zealand is known for its wilderness areas on land but it is also home to 36 marine reserves and a spectacular array of dive sites. With accessible coastlines and hundreds of offshore islands, there are opportunities to dive wrecks, subtropical reefs, explore arches and dive within kelp forests, to name but a few. It is also possible to dive with rays and sharks, given that 26 species of ray and 113 species of shark have been recorded in New Zealand waters. There is something suitable for all dive preferences and abilities and here are our top picks of diving…

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Acoustic Monitoring of Māui Dolphins a Success

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Māui’s dolphin, a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin found off the west coast of the North Island, is the rarest marine dolphin and has approximately just 63 individuals remaining in the wild. This critically endangered dolphin needs all the help it can get to recover from fisheries bycatch. Whilst Māui dolphins have been studied by DOC for almost two decades, there are still some unanswered questions. It is not yet known where the dolphins go at night and during winter or how far and often they travel offshore. DOC have been investigating new ways to study the dolphins and partnered with…

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Dive Safe this Summer Season

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Summer is fast approaching here in New Zealand, which means more people in the water enjoying the beautiful coastline and lakes whilst exploring their favourite dive sites. Everyone knows to ‘slip slop slap’ when the sun comes out but what about dive safety?  Now is a great time for divers to step back for a moment before the summer holidays and review their dive safety. What’s the risk of an accident happening? There have been 32 underwater drowning deaths in the period 2011-2015 in New Zealand; 14 whilst scuba diving, 9 snorkelling and 9 freediving according to Water Safety New…

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