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Our Crew

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 Harding- Foundation Manager

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.

                                                     Cell 0813779478

 

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 – Researcher

‘Dani’ is our cetacean researcher, stranding biologist, part time marine guide and research skipper. 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 focused on the abundance and habitat use of the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin. Danielle has a category C small-boat skippers license, which allows 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 – Researcher

Frikkie is our pinniped researcher, stranding biologist and research skipper. He is an experienced field biologist with a MSc degree in Ichthyology & Fisheries Science. He has worked on numerous fisheries research programs, having spent over 5000 hours on 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. He also collaborates with the museum to collect behavioral data and diet samples at the local Cape fur seal colony, part of which is intended for use in his planned PhD on seal-fisheries interactions. Frikkie has a category C small-boat skippers license. This 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 and tag retention, seal entanglement, white shark presence and seal-shark interactions.

 

Cameron Michael Reeder – Programme Assistant

Cameron has a greater love, passion and respect for the ocean. He is known for his three year stint in the Plettenberg Bay lifeguard scene. He started surfing at the age of 12, by the age of 16 he represented the Eastern Province junior team for surfing and hasn’t left the ocean’s side since. Cameron is passionate about people and loves helping where he can. As newest member to the ORCA family, Cameron assists with all programme activities and house management tasks. He recently obtained his Professional Marine Guide certification through COMETCORP training and SABBWWA, which allows him to guide whale and dolphin watching trips at Ocean Blue Adventures. The ocean has been Cameron’s playground for many years and now he is paying his respects via marine conversation and sharing his knowledge about the ocean and it’s presents.

 

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