sharks on tour

My stay in Kenya with Buccaneer Diving is now coming to an end ... )-: but before I go I promised my Project AWARE friends I would collect petition signatures for the Give Sharks a Fighting Chance petition.

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Buccaneer Diving spoiled me with a trip to Haller Nature Park, a reclaimed mining quarry in Mombasa that now acts as an animal sanctuary.

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After spending some quality time with my new Schools to the Sea friends, Bruce, Mark and Sander from Buccaneer Diving in Kenya took me on a glass boat trip. I wasn't too keen on this type of trip but when they explained what it was I got all excited about it!    

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During my stay in Kenya I was very fortunate to meet fantastic children who were participating in the "Schools to the Sea" project, a 5 year education initiative aimed at enabling young people to experience the wonders of the marine environment for the first time in their lives. This great project is coordinated by Buccaneer Diving and partially funded by Project AWARE.

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Whatta a blast! My new attempt to reach the Kenyan shores is a success!

Exhausted after two days of intensive swimming, a friendly kite surfer took me on a ride and helped me reach my destination in style.

My friends Bruce, Mark and Sander from Buccaneer Diving were all anxiously awaiting my arrival and were really pleased to see me.

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I have had an excellent day with Darren and Katy from Sub-Mission Dive Centre today. They put me in charge of filling cylinders, sorting the equipment logistics and loading the van! Phew! Then, this afternoon, I was also put to work serving customers. I must admit I was a hit with Sub-Mission's regular divers and customers, especially the ladies.

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I was still exhausted from my attempt to get to Kenya so I slept most of the day. Unfortunately though I was suffering from nightmares, which were a mix of plastic oceans and sharks with no fins! In fact the nightmares were so vivid that I awoke with a start and hid amongst the foliage to hide from the shark fishermen…but it turned out to be Darren from Sub-Mission!  

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After a traumatic time trying to get to Kenya, I finally arrived back in the UK at Sub-Mission Dive Centre, in Stoke on Trent. I still had a bit of seaweed wrapped around my dorsal fin when I met Darren and Katy, owners of Sub-Mission Dive Centre.

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Finn was a great help in the Dive Centre on Thursday, managing to fill cylinders, load the dive van and even serve customers! He was a hit with our regular divers and customers, especially the ladies. He even managed to persuade a few of our customers to purchase our charity T-shirts for our Fin4Finning event on Saturday. He loved the cool design that Fourth Element had come up with.

 

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Finn was still exhausted from his attempt to get to Kenya so slept most of the day. Finn was suffering from nightmares, which he said were a mix of plastic oceans and sharks with no fins! In fact, he awoke with a start and hid amongst the foliage to hide from the shark fishermen…

 

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