Captain, MV Brigitte Bardot
Hails from: India
What/who inspires you as an activist?
Every activist who makes a difference is a source of inspiration because it takes courage to face the system and flow against it.
Favorite Shark(s) and why?
Scalloped Hammerhead because of their unique body design and grace.
If you could tell people one thing about about sharks and/or the oceans, what would it be?
Sharks are an important part of the ecosystem and are crucial in maintaining the health of and balance in the oceans. Their current plight is miserable- they are being killed at an alarmingly quick rate. They need special global and local support to keep them alive and around for the future generations.
The oceans are beautiful; anyone who has been out at sea will know what I mean. For those who have never been out on a boat, I urge you to put that down in your bucket list. The oceans and its inhabitants are amazing and something we must appreciate. The oceans are important for our survival and it’s time we started looking at the situation seriously.
Why are you on this campaign? What do you want to achieve?
I am on this campaign to help and work with governments, to form partnerships and help bridge the gap between legislation and enforcement. I want to educate locals and I want them to know what the truth is about the oceans. This campaign aims to tackle the terrible and corrupt industry of shark finning, and the ultimate aim would be to convince governments to declare their waters as shark-sanctuaries and then help them police their waters.
Tell us something surprising:
The chances of getting malaria in the islands is huge. I’ve had malaria for three years continuously from 2008-2010 and I’m ready to take on the mosquitoes in the South Pacific (whenever I’m not working for the sharks)
I’ve been at sea for the last 11 years and when you’re 29, that’s a big percentage of your life. Everything I know outside of India is the oceans- I have crossed all the 5 oceans and travelled to the 7 continents via the high seas. I have had the unique opportunity to witness the anger, the fury, the strength and the life of our oceans. Unfortunately, I have also observed the massive destruction and havoc that mankind has wrecked in the oceans. I have seen the drift nets, the diminishing fish, the garbage gyres, the pollution, the dumping and the oil slicks. SSCS is the only place where I can work and give something back to the mighty oceans. I have taken a pledge to dedicate the rest of my life fighting for the oceans and for everything inside that giant belly.