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Ingrid Butcher

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I only started diving in 2009 and from day 1 I knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Marine conservation became my absolute passion. That same year I co-founded a beach cleanup organization where we held monthly beach cleanups on different beaches in and around my hometown of Durban, South Africa. We managed to gain sponsors, the main one being Quiksilver South Africa. My aim was to use this cleanup as a platform to educate people on the importance of the ocean to our very survival. Also that same year, I started volunteering for the South African Association for Marine Biological Research in the Mammals and Birds Department. Here I got to work with an amazing group of people dedicated to caring for truly beautiful creatures. In early 2013 I headed up tp Mozambique to start my Divemaster course and internship. I spent two glorious months diving off Barra, witnessing some of the most beautiful marine life on the planet! We had regular giant manta sightings, white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, leopard sharks, dolphins, whalesharks, turtles, as well as plentiful amounts of macrolife. During my stay there I was priveledged enough to attend a talk by the Marine Megafaunda Foundation on mantas. In June 2013 I headed off to Koh Phangan, Thailand (where I am currently based) to lead dives on one of the most richly populated dive sites in the Gulf. My hope and dream is to travel the world, diving and educating people about marine conservation. I would like to start beach cleanups and use these to create awareness about the growing problem of marine debris and give people useful tips on what they can do to conserve the planet's most valuable resource and all the life within it. 

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