Cocos Island, Costa Rica ~ Another day in Paradise with the endangered Scallop Hammerhead. They are like underwater puppies; found the courage to checked me out ;-)... I could see every muscle on it’s slick and beautiful body. I just can’t get enough of Cocos! #CHRISTINAHEPBURN
I went on a cruise around Muri and as a tourist I was shown the marine conservation efforts that have been made by companies profiting from the marine tourism industry in Rarotonga. They were proud and informative and it was an all round amazing experience and would recommend it to anyone at any walk of life, proceeds go toward protecting their beautiful ecosystems 💙🏝🐠🥥 #kokalagooncruises#oceanguardian
Is there anything more special then a womens best friend💛 ! | The beautiful Elise & D from @littlebantamsurftrainer playing among the waves wearing AKUA OCEANWEARS Hawaiian Turtle Tie Up Top & Wipe Out Bottoms💦👙 #surfforthesea#akuaoceanwear
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Lastly here are some pics of just one of the school litter runs I did last week - I will follow up with the rest tomorrow !!! There were lots more plastic lollie wrappers, chuppa chup sticks and straws as well this morning due to some celebrations in class last Friday. I am drafting communication with the school P&C to see if we can form a type of regular clean up day about it, but also broad-scale communication to parents on how to avoid bringing it to the school in the first place.
It is also getting to the time of year where stationery order lists for the next year start coming home, so I have located an eco-friendly, plastic-free stationary supplier (www.buyecogreen.com.au) which I will be advocating for the use of - so, so much plastic gets generated just with the consumption of stationary in an average school year!😣💚
And while I'm introducing my family, this is my beloved little man Alex !!!
He too, while normally MUCH more conservative than this (pre-football match !!!) photo would suggest, has been quietly watching me try to avoid plastic as well as pick up litter. And he too has already formed an opinion at 9 years of age - the other day in the car, after thinking for a minute, he said "Mum and Dad, why do people even litter?? I mean it is just so dumb - because, if you litter, you're hurting the environment, and if you hurt the environment, then you are hurting yourself!!! Littering is like firing a bow at a target, but as soon as it hits the target, it just bounces off and heads straight back to you?!!"
Couldn't have said it better myself, Alex.🤗💓
Sorry to have taken yet another few days to post, folks. If you have kids then the Nov/Dec period is busier than a dung beetle in a cow paddock!!💩💩😂💛 I just thought I'd share with you a pic of my little girl Georgie. Along with her brother she is one of the main reasons why I am trying to tackle litter and plastics.
I think as grownups, Mums and Dads we have to set an example and practice what we preach - kids are so smart they will honestly figure out the rest.
For e.g., just the other day Georgie lost her third tooth whilst at school. She came home and very excitedly told me "Mummy, guess what ?? I lost my tooth today! But- " (her big smile turned into a grimace) "This is not good. The teacher had to wrap it in... Plastic !!!" 😂😍😍
Already, at 5 years of age, with that statement, my little girl has told me that she has far more understanding than a lot of adults of The Problem with Plastics - and all she has done is see me avoid as much plastic as humanly possible in our grocery shopping, as well as pick up litter. I just hope the world can find a solution to the problem by the time she gets to half my age !🤗😕
Well Sunday spent taking part in @downbelowadventuresborneo X @ripcurlmy Conservation Programme in efforts to raise awareness and encourage action towards the global problem of marine debris and the importance of preserving our coral reefs.
We had about 100 volunteers including celebrity host @daphneiking , @joelebosi , my better half @drey_adriano , @ripcurlmy rep @moeloki , Coach @ajpyro ,my teammates from @borneotribalsquad, @myfm announcer Jin and volunteers from @spcakk and UMS students.
Great to have everyone come together on a beautiful Sunday to clean the beach also dive and plant corals underwater. Hope to see more events alike here and thanks @ripcurlmy & @downbelowadventuresborneo for the amazing efforts.
Meet Yana, @yanaokeana, our latest #swimwearactivist !
Home: Born in Bulgaria, grew up in Tunisia. Having lived in many places, I’m a citizen of the world. Home is wherever I am
Day job: Ocean Policy Analyst; Marine Conservation Diver
Chill out: Beach cleanups, sunset beers with friends
Icon: Chad Scott, founder of @New_Heaven_Reef_Conservation Program, #KohTao . He is an amazing scientist who is able to teach and transmit his knowledge with passion and devotion to people like me – outside of the marine biology field
Fav swimwear: @AkuaOceanwear! It is plastic free from start to finish. For each bikini sold, they donate to @New_Heaven_Reef_Conservation. It was founded by @zoestrapp, and I like supporting young, creative people who want to preserve the ocean and are bold enough to take concrete actions
Why ethical+sustainable swimwear? Our everyday choices have a significant impact on the environment. Choosing environmentally friendly products has always been a decisive criterion to me. Trying to make the Earth a better place is a responsibility that each of us should embrace
Message to non-sustainable/ethical brands? We have only one planet and we better start taking care of it. Being only about profit and sales is not a responsible way to lead a business!
Concerns: Plastic never goes away and will always find its way to the ocean. And one thing is sure - plastic doesn’t belong to the ocean. Animals cannot tell the difference between plastic and prey because after time spent in the ocean, plastic starts to smell like food. Plastic is a serious threat for ecosystems, marine and land-based animals as well as for humans.
Swimwear life: I’m a diver, bodyboarder and ocean lover. I try to spend as much time as possible by the sea because it’s inspiring and reenergizing. The underwater world is my happy place, where I can turn off my brain, recharge my batteries, and find the necessary energy to stay focused on my goals
Dream swimwear location: I feel lucky and privileged to live my dream and work in amazing places. I wouldn’t change anything. I would love to go back and wear my new bikinis in Hawaii and do beach clean ups with @sustainablecoastlineshawaii
EXCITING UPDATE : ANTICIPATED PROJECT ORCA : 23 DAYS LEFT : crowdfunding $3350.00 : I am so excited for Bec and her team and the long anticipated crowdfunding for Project ORCA .The campaign has gone amazing. There are some extra rewards that has been added today @orcatalkoz @michellefleurphoto
As this is such a wonderful cause I have offered two watercolor paint classes. For further info on these rewards go to
and enjoy some one on one time with me and my Orca friends . 🐬💙🐬💙🐬💙
We’ve heard it from THE man’s lips.
Plastic pollution has finally made it onto Blue Planet. Now you can be confident in the fact that it’s not just me banging on about it for sh**s and giggles.
The marine life needs our help 💙 I intend to do my bit. Will you do yours? ✌🏼
Blue Planet II did such a stunning job this evening integrating the beauty of the ocean, from the albatross to the pilot whales, with the damage humans are doing
What are you going to do about it?