When I was eleven years old I went to the opticians and had my eyes tested for the first time after being referred by the school nurse. Eleven year old me was thrilled to walk out of there, the proud owner of a pair of lilac coloured spectacles and myopia. This pride in being a… Continue reading Navigating the world of marine mammal training blind (or near enough!)
If you are a marine mammal trainer, or in any way support the keeping of cetaceans in managed care facilities, then you will be well aware of the typical 'activist' responses to any of our pictures or posts. The same few sentences or phrases are constantly parroted around social media to the point where I… Continue reading Sticks and Stones…
Yesterday yet another company 'cut its ties' with marine parks. Yes, I'm talking about Trip Advisor, just the latest in a long string of headlines proclaiming 'victory' for the anti-captivity movement. Joining other travel companies such as Virgin, United Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways and Qantas, to name but a few. However, what people are… Continue reading Another company ‘cuts ties’ with marine parks.
'Your home on the range...' Ever wondered what life is like on a working cattle-ranch? Ever wanted to trail ride through the rugged terrain of Texas Hill Country? Ever dreamed of sleeping in a log-cabin and trying your hand at the cowboy lifestyle? Well, at Dixie Dude Ranch you can do all that and more!… Continue reading The Best Dude Ranch in Cowboy Country, Texas!
If there is one famous tourist attraction in Sydney, then it is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In recent years it has become more and more popular to climb the bridge itself and get your picture snapped at the top with the famous Opera House in the background. Back when we were planning our epic trip… Continue reading Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
Last year, the Southern Resident population of orcas received a lot of media attention, mainly because of the individual J35. Our TV screens and media apps were flooded with images of a female orca who was photographed swimming with her stillborn calf. As time went on, people became more and more invested in this poor… Continue reading What we can do to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales.
People frequently say things like 'You both manage it so well', or 'at least it is only a short flight to see them', or even 'you make it look so easy'. Well let me tell you, it is not easy. People look at my long distance relationship which has stretched across three seemingly never-ending years… Continue reading Going the Distance.