Tony Lubner – Director
The owner of Ocean Blue Adventures and the Chairman of the ORCA Foundation. He has a great love for the sea and a passion for conservation. His hobbies include surfing, diving, and surf ski paddling.
Cell 082 880 2604
Jared makes sure that volunteers arrive safe and sound in Plettenberg Bay. He will assist you with all your travel, transfer and other logistical arrangements. Although more involved with the marketing aspects of the volunteer program, Jared as loads of experience in seabird conservation and rehabilitation. He is an avid diver and qualified marine guide. Jared received his National Colours in scouting and spent 13 months on sub-Antarctic Marion Island to collect data on seabirds for research purposes of the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Laura Bakker – Volunteer Coordinator
Laura Bakker is our people-loving and enthusiastic Volunteer Coordinator, House Manager and Conservationist. She will make everybody feel right at home while looking after your comfort and coordinating your activities. With a BTech degree in Nature Conservation, Laura runs our conservation, environmental education and community outreach programs. She recently obtained her professional Marine Guide certification through the South African Boat Based Whale Watching Association (SABBWWA).
Danielle Conry – Cetacean Researcher
‘Dani’ is our Cetacean Researcher, Stranding Biologist and part time Marine Guide. She is an aspiring marine mammalogist with a MSc degree in Zoology. She is experienced in boat-based cetacean research, as well as marine mammal strandings and dissections. Her passion for cetaceans developed while growing up on the West coast of South Africa and she has now been actively involved in marine mammal research as a volunteer, intern and student for over 10 years. Her masters research focuses on the abundance and habitat use of the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin. Danielle is currently in the process of acquiring a category C skippers license, which will allow her to lead dedicated boat-based surveys as part of a collaborative monitoring project aimed at further studying this endangered species.
Frikkie van der Vyver – Pinniped Researcher
Frikkie is our Pinniped Researcher and Stranding Biologist. He is an experienced field biologist with a MSc degree in Fisheries Science. He has worked on numerous fisheries research programs, having spent over 5000 hours on commercial and research fishing vessels to collect samples, monitor catches and record interactions between seals and fishing operations. He is further familiar with marine mammal research, having worked as biologist on sub-Antarctic Marion Island, where he spent 13 months collecting data on fur seals, southern elephant seals and killer whales. He has since worked on marine mammal stranding response during short-term contracts at the Port Elizabeth Museum, and is currently appointed as agent to attend to strandings and perform necropsies in the Plettenberg Bay region for research and collection purposes. He also collaborates with the museum to collect behavioral data and diet samples at the Cape fur seal colony on Robberg Peninsula, part of which is intended for use in his planned PhD on seal-fisheries interactions. Frikkie is currently in the process of obtaining a category C skippers license. He will soon be leading dedicated boat-based surveys in the Robberg MPA as part of collaborative research projects aiming to monitor local seal population growth, pup survival, tag retention and seal-shark interactions.
Teliswa Fuyani – House Executive
‘ Tilly’ is our experienced housekeeping executive, affectionately known as ‘Mom’, and keeps your home away from home easy to live in, including doing laundry and cooking delicious, healthy meals.
Charlie Lilford – Manager, Ocean Blue Adventures
Charlie has been living in Plettenberg Bay for many years and is one of the best fishermen around. Charlie has a wide knowledge of the sea and surrounding areas. He is now in the Guinness World Records for tag and release of the iconic sport fish “leervis”. He has worked very hard on contributing to the conservation of this species. Charlie will liaise with you and our team regarding space allocation on Ocean Blue Adventures’ commercial whale and dolphin watching trips to record opportunistic data.
Cell 082 780 2984