In my four years as an ocean conservationist, I have been incredibly blessed to meet hundreds of amazing people with incredible passion for our oceans. Some stayed in my life briefly, each igniting more passion in my heart and teaching me new things about activism; others became family and proved that saltwater can be thicker than blood.
I have met people who work 9-5 jobs and have families, yet still make time to turn up at Sea Shepherd stalls every week. I have met teenagers who have given up months of their lives to educate school children on pollution. I have met people of all ages and races, who spend up to five months of every year on a leaky old ship in the Southern Ocean defending our whales. I have met people who have tragically lost their children, yet still find the strength to believe in and fight for something.
These people have changed me, shaped me and inspired me to keep fighting to defend and conserve our oceans for the rest of my life. So here’s to the Ocean Army; to the activists, the dedicated, the game-changers. For they are the people who are going to change the world.