Toby Monteiro-Hourigan: Junior Shark Guardian


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Junior PADI Grasp Scuba Diver and passionate shark advocate Toby (and his mum Michelle) just lately shared his brief, self-made shark conservation documentary with the PADI Torchbearer Facebook Group.

We have been all so happy to see one in every of our youngest Torchbearers – at solely 12 years previous – confidently talking up on behalf of the ocean and utilizing his creativity expertise to boost consciousness for sharks.

We completely needed to get in contact with Toby on to study extra about his motivations, achievements and hopes for the longer term. Suffice to say, he didn’t disappoint!

What’s your identify and the place are you based mostly?

Hello! My identify is Toby Monteiro-Hourigan. I'm 12 years previous and I'm from England (UK).

What's your diver certification? How did you get into diving?

I turned one of many youngest Junior Grasp PADI Scuba Divers once I licensed at 12 years and 1 day in December 2020 with 80 dives! Each my mother and father scuba dive, so from the age of four, I used to be actively concerned of their buddy checks and gear washing! I've taken all of the PADI programs from the age of eight: PADI Bubbles/PADI Seals to Open, PADI Specialties, Superior and Rescue.

Why is saving the ocean necessary to you?

The Ocean IS the Earth’s coronary heart. It's straightforward to not respect its excessive worth and significance as a result of its beneath the floor. But when we don’t take heed to marine biologists’ warnings and petition for change, a coronary heart assault will occur!

What's your most memorable diving expertise?

Undoubtedly diving with Tiger Sharks! They've a strong presence underwater with out being threatening! Sharks are actually misunderstood. I really like seeing any Shark

Has scuba diving influenced the best way you see the pure world? In what methods?

I’ve observed the distinction between scuba diving in Europe and Maldives: and that's Europe has been affected by overfishing! We'd like extra marine protected areas, so extra individuals can expertise the happiness of seeing a lot life beneath the ocean!

What space of conservation are you most enthusiastic about and why?

I might like to convey extra consciousness concerning the significance of sharks within the ocean as a result of they're being cruelly hunted and slaughtered of their hundreds of thousands. With out sharks, the well being of the ocean is in danger.

We liked your video on the Torchbearer Fb Group. What impressed you to make the video and what do you hope individuals get out of it?

I'm a member of the David Attenborough after faculty membership at my faculty and we have been requested to create a documentary. I selected Sharks. The primary goal of the documentary is to vary individuals’s perceptions of sharks and in doing so encourage individuals to petition world leaders to offer them extra safety.

What are your hopes for the longer term? Do you've got marine conservation hopes, profession aspirations or a dream diving bucket record? If sure, please inform us about them!

I'm very impressed by documentaries like Planet Earth and would like to sometime hear the sound of whales underwater, do somersaults with seals and fin surf between sleeping sperm whales! I hope to discover a summer time job on the London Aquarium the place i reside, or be a part of any marine conservation undertaking in the summertime holidays to assist.

When you might ask the Torchbearer group to take one motion, what wouldn't it be?

I might say contemplate NOT permitting your youngsters to observe shark movies which painting sharks as man-eating monsters. The worry is planted for all times and typically irreversible!

Is there anything I've missed that you simply want to share with us?

Please watch my video and see that sharks aren't menacing sea monsters however the ocean guardians and wish our safety.

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