Neil Burnie 2014-04-23 02:59:57
As a child in Liverpool, England, I grew up chasing dragonflies and lizards, looking for newts in local ponds, and catching sticklebacks to bring home to be kept in jam jars and fishbowls. One of my favourite trips was to accompany my dad in to the town centre and visit the bookstore of Phillip Son and Nephew, where I would pore over the amazing wildlife texts and glossy photos in the books that were way too expensive to buy. Now, fast-forward 50 years, and as a vet with 40 years studying and practicing veterinary medicine, it seems that it may fall to me to be the inspiration for a new generation of nature lover. I’m taking on a new project, the making of a 12-part series called “Ocean Vet” based in Bermuda that features the wonders that lie here beneath the surface of the ocean. From tiger sharks to turtles, from lionfish to the mighty blue marlin, I’ll be taking viewers with me on an exciting and sometimes dangerous mission to conserve the creatures that surround us in the beautiful blue waters around Bermuda. I’ll be placing satellite tags on massive tiger sharks, heading deep to the ocean floor in pursuit of the venomous, invasive lionfish and swimming over the sandy expanses of the northern Bermuda platform with the volunteers of the Bermuda Turtle Project. Then follow me into the dark caves of the outer reefs, as I go hunting for black grouper with a pole spear, to show that spear fishing can be the ultimate selective and sustainable method of harvesting this prime eating fish. I’m really excited about this new project. Keep an eye out for more details soon.
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