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Just between us, the footage/images I’ve been seeing of the wildlife in the bushfires have been making me feel physically sick. It all seems so enormous and fire season has only just begun. Growing up in such a unique part of the world I’ve often taken for granted the creatures who’ve always been around – as a kid, searching for platypus in the river, leaving eggs out for the goannas, stumbling upon bumbling echidnas, stomping noisily through the bush to warn the snakes, staking out wombats in the hope they’ll hang out. And then there are other animals who’ve just decided we’re gonna be friends whether we like it or not – from the nosy emus and kangaroos on my wedding day at the Ningaloo (including this fella!), to the mellow koala who invited herself to our BBQ up the coast. These animals ARE our story. With so many of them now injured and homeless, I think the best thing we can do is support the experts on the frontline – if you’d like to do that, start with @portmacquariekoalahospital @aussieark 💚💙
I like it when you procrastinate (oh I see you. I do. And I REALLY LIKE IT). So while you’re here, allow me to entertain you. Actually, let Jad Davenport entertain you – his stories will blow you away! He’s spent 15 years working as an expedition leader and photographer in the Canadian sub-Arctic, and he sometimes gets so close to wild polar bears and tundra wolves that his camera can’t even focus. From peeing comps with alpha wolves (for real!) to playtime invites from young bears, Jad’s had some phenomenal wildlife encounters at the edge of the earth, and you can hear them all in this episode of my podcast (which is, incidentally, one of my favourite eps yet). Click the link in my bio to listen to it. OH and I snapped this pic on my first trip to Hudson Bay – the setting of Jad's stories.
One of my favourite dolphin shots from this year, shot in Port Stephens on a morning so glassy you could see the clouds reflected on the water. Can't wait to get back up there this summer 💙
Awww yeah! The first 3 episodes of the Wild Lives podcast Season 2 are NOW LIVE! This week you’ll be stoked to meet great white shark expert Kelly Baker, who works with the toothy beauties in South Africa; Arctic explorer Jad Davenport, (who gets so close to polar bears and tundra wolves that sometimes his camera can’t focus!), and Tassie Devil expert Tim Faulkner, who is helping them win their fight against extinction. I’ll share more info about each episode in the next couple of days, but if you’d like a head-start (and wanna listen now), click the link in my bio. Oh! And I snapped the polar bear pic in Hudson Bay and got the shark shot in Gansbaai. The Tassie Devil pic isn’t mine though (shutterstock)