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.
Jared will make sure that you arrive safely in Plettenberg Bay. He will assist you with all your travel, transfer and other logistical arrangements. Although more involved with the marketing and budget control aspects of the programme, Jared has 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 the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Laura Bakker – Volunteer Coordinator & Conservationist
Our people-loving and enthusiastic volunteer coordinator will make everybody feel right at home while looking after your wellbeing and coordinating your activities. With a BTech degree in Nature Conservation, Laura also runs ours conservation and educational projects.
Danielle Conry – Marine Biologist
‘Dani’ 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 focused on the abundance and habitat use of the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin. Dani has acquired a category C skippers license, which enables her to lead routine boat-based surveys as part of a collaborative monitoring project that aims to further study this endangered species. Dani also works closely with Ocean Blue Adventures regarding space allocation on commercial whale and dolphin watching trips to collect op
Frikkie van der Vyver – Marine Biologist
Frikkie is a experienced field biologist with a MSc degree in Ichthyology & Fisheries Science. He has worked on numerous fisheries research programs over the past 10 years, and spent over 5000 hours on fishing vessels to collect samples, monitor catches and record interactions with marine mammals. He is further familiar with marine mammal research, having worked as seal biologist on sub-Antarctic Marion Island, where he spent 13 months collecting data on Antarctic fur seals, sub-Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals and killer whales. He has since worked on marine mammal stranding response and the local Cape fur seal population during short-term contracts at the Port Elizabeth Museum. Frikkie is currently appointed as agent of the PE Museum, to attend to strandings and perform necropsies in the Plettenberg Bay region. He also collaborates with the museum to collect behavioral data and diet samples at the local Cape fur seal colony on Robberg Peninsula. Frikkie has a category C small-boat skippers license which allows him to lead dedicated boat-based surveys in the Robberg Marine Protected Area as part of collaborative research aiming to further monitor local seal population growth, seal pup survival, seal tag re-sights, seal entanglement, white shark presence 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.