On Sunday 20th November, Finn was invited to the launch event of Sea Urchins, a new ocean magazine for kids, at the Sea Life London Aquarium. The event not only celebrated the ocean and its inhabitants but also highlighted the importance of educating the younger generation about the beauty and richness of our oceans. Finn reports on this successful event:
“What a fabulous day I had in London! I swam all the way from Canada for a short London city break where I couldn’t possibly miss the launch of the most talked about UK kids’ magazine: Sea Urchins.
Marine biology graduate, Samantha Hewitt, moved me to tears when she announced with emotion and pride the release of the first introductory copy of the magazine before heading to the shark tank of the London Aquarium with a giant copy of the magazine and a surprise celebrity dive buddy.
Joining her in the shark tank was Dragon’s Den star and PADI diver Theo Paphitis who showed off his diving skills by doing some funny diving signs to an amused audience of journalists, VIP guests, families, and London Aquarium visitors.
“I studied marine biology, travelled the world, completed more than 1000 dives, worked in publishing and now I am embarking on my biggest challenge yet. Sea Urchins!” commented Samantha. “I hope this magazine will impact the next generation and as many people as possible”.
One of the highlights of the event was a live performance by Samantha’s sister: Stacey Solomon. The British singer, celebrity mum, and jungle queen of “I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here” said she was proud of her sister and thrilled that her life-long love of nature led her to create this magazine on the importance of sea-conservation and what we need to do to look after our beautiful oceans.
This was a fabulous event which gave me the opportunity to further raise awareness about the urgent need to protect sharks, catch up with Sea Life London Aquarium staff, make friends, chat to celebrity divers, spread the shark love and pitch my Sharks on Tour adventures to Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis.”
Finn has made some great contacts and looks forward to reporting on his Sharks on Tour adventures in one of the upcoming issues of Sea Urchins. For more information and Sea Urchins subscription offers, please visit www.seaurchinsmag.com