Who, what, why?
Who we are, what we do, and why we do it :)
My name is Jacqueline Russell, I am a wildlife conservationist a published photographer and certified holistic therapist. Since I was in high school I have been campaigning for captive whales, dolphins, sharks, great apes and elephants to live free. Captive higher level mammals and sharks suffer if they can not live their lives in the natural world. I have spent thousands of hours in the water on snorlel with multiple species of wild dolphins, great whales and many of the largest species of shark. There is only one place these animals should be and that is in the ocean where they belong. The oceans need these animals to maintain and farm the wild seas of our planet, they keep it healthy. Sharks keep our oceans clean and a whales feces helps remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere so we can breath clean air.
I have spent the last 30 years on promoting a healthy natural way to experience the higher level beings of the marine world. My husband Jake Ziegler, experienced boat captain, dive instructor and published underwater photographer, joins me to film our expeditions. We explore alone, or as a very small group, in a way that is as non-intrusive as possible to the animals or their environment. We obtain special government permits and go to the absolute best places on the planet at the correct time of year to encounter each of these endangered animals. These locations are known by just a handful of dedicated researchers, these are the types of places that the BBC and National Geographic researchers look for. It's more ethical and much more educational to see wildlife in their natural habitats. The feel of awe and wonder from these close encounters is impossible to capture on camera, it can be uplifting even life changing, it's a feeling you cannot put into words. Holistic healers are drawn to these expeditions as they are so naturally energizing.
Only a few people can join each expedition so that we do not crowd the animals. We help to protect the animals we see in several ways. Images from expeditions are donated for non invasive marine mammal and shark i.d. programs. Images are used for local campaigns to lower boat speed in whale shark, turtle and manatee areas. Permit fees help support local preserves set up to protect the animals. Our Images and findings are being used to create educational media to teach about the real lives of the animals, to get people interested in protecting them. We hope to spread ideas of how to protect the animals by getting into Earth friendly habits in our own homes, as well as protecting the natural habitats and seasonal feeding grounds.
The experience of joining an expedition is incredible, we learn about the real everyday lives of the animals in their own natural wilderness habitats. People you may meet on this type of expedition are people who are passionate about higher level mammals. People who are interested in going that little bit 'deeper' into the wilderness to experience curious beings from the ocean world, while still having your everyday comforts great food and great company.
Expeditions are limited, please email. The money you pay to join an expedition goes directly to fund the expedition and pay for your permits, boat fees, accomodations etc. Please email if interested - WildOceanAdventures@hotmail.com