Sustainable Ocean & Wildlife Tours
Here in Tasmania, we are blessed to breathe the cleanest air in any populated place and to be surrounded by a spectacular geodiversity that supports unique plants, marine and wildlife, some species found nowhere else in the world. Tasmania has the world’s biggest exposure of Jurassic dolerite and over 5,000 km of coastline with pristine beaches and rugged rock formations, created on stormy days by the temperate sea.
But you don’t need to live near the coast to be connected to the ocean. The ocean regulates our weather and forms clouds that bring rain and fresh water. Yearly blooms of phytoplankton, microscopic organisms in the ocean, form the basis of life. They produce more than half of the worlds oxygen through photosynthesis, absorb human caused carbon dioxide emissions and serve as a food source for marine animals.
Life evolved in the sea about 3.5 billion years ago, long before humans walked the planet. Yet, it took us only one century to over-harvest the ocean, destroy habitat at land and sea, increase the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere by 25% and risk the eco-system on which we depend. No-one can point the finger, because we are all part of it.
Wild Ocean Tasmania is about creating a deeper understanding and awareness. We want to take with us those people who care and wish to share an amazing, possibly life changing experience. The idea behind our tours is to give something back to the eco-system that supports us and use the profit we make for ocean and wildlife conservation work.
So.., if you love phytoplankton, we love you too!
What we do:
- wildlife rehabilitation
- hand-raising of orphaned wildlife
- marine research and rescue
- creating facilities for conservation work and habitat for wildlife
- supporting the building of Tasmania’s first wildlife hospital
- minimising footprints: choice of Honda motors (leader in environmentally responsible technology), purchasing goods locally, avoidance of single use plastics, collection of rubbish in the ocean, etc.
- environmental education
Love and need over profit and greed!
Working on the ocean, we often come across animals, predominantly sea birds, that suffer from pollution and human impact. This black-faced cormorant swallowed a hook and got entangled in a fishing line.
The fur seal on the photo below got entangled in a fishing net which is now deeply embedded into its skin.
We found Stevie, a pademelon orphan, on the side of the road not far from our office. He was blind on both eyes and had a swollen lymph node. Sadly, the vet diagnosed “toxoplasmosis”, a disease spread through the faeces of feral cats. The disease either kills infected animals directly or makes the host an easier target for predators. Symptoms include anorexia, lethargy, blindness, enlarged lymph nodes, disorientation, breathing difficulties, fever and abortion. 84% of feral and stray cats tested in Tasmania were infected with the parasite. An estimated number of 75 million animals are hunted and killed across Australia each night by feral cats. To secure habitat for native wildlife, we need to control feral cats. R.I.P. little Stevo, hope your spirit found a better place!
Roodolph was found icy cold with wounds all over his little body on the side of the road, not far from his dead mum, run over by a car and scattered. He survived his first few weeks at his new home, grew some fur and we were amazed to witness his first hops. What a gift! He will stay with us until he is ready to look after himself in about 14 months.
Please follow this link to find out why there is so much roadkill in Tasmania and what we can do about it.
Update: Roodolph has been successfully released, followed by many other native animals. To stay up to date with our conservation work and the wildlife that is currently in our care, please follow our Instagram feed!