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Guest blog: Young ocean explorers

Guest blog: Young ocean explorers

by Riley Hathaway
Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Riley Hathaway

Hathaway, Steve. 2015.

Hi I’m Riley Hathaway I’m 14 years old and with my dad we’ve created the kids TV show called Young Ocean Explorers. This year we’re making Series 2 of our show.

We are lucky enough to have the incredible opportunity to head up to the Kermadec Islands. These Islands are New Zealand’s northern most territory (about half way between Tonga and New Zealand) and have been named by National Geographic as one of the most pristine marine environments on the planet. Needless to say I’m pretty excited about heading there with my Dad to film a few episodes for our show.

23 February 2015 - Day 1

A shark swims in the waters off the Kermadecs.

Hathaway, Steve. 2015.

at the Kermadec’s – We’ve finally arrived after a very long three day journey. (I watched lots of movies on the way up and Dad also made me finish some of my homework, since I’m missing school while up here)

We were hoping to park in Boat Cove so that the team on board our vessel (Braveheart) from GNS could work on the tsunami warning system there, but we were welcomed by strong winds and big swells. So unfortunately the only place we could anchor was Denholm Bay. (Which my dad says is not the best snorkeling location at the Kermadec’s).

Even though the weather was pretty ugly and it started to rain we made the most of it and I spent one and a half hours snorkeling, looking at all the amazing sea life. Even at a place that Dad doesn’t think is that flash, I’ve already seen my first spotted black grouper and galapagos sharks, which was so exciting! Also fish like colourful kermadec demoiselles, that are only found at these islands. Dad even saw a yellowfin tuna race past in the shallows.

I can’t believe that these islands are part of New Zealand, the water is so clear and it looks very different to any of the snorkeling that I’ve done on the mainland.

We’re hoping that the weather will improve tomorrow and that the swell will drop so we can explore more of these incredible islands.

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    Young Ocean Explorer Riley Hathaway is in the Kermadecs with her Dad, underwater cameraman Steve Hathaway, as they film for Series 2 of Young Ocean Explorers.

    They're hoping to encounter Galapagos sharks and black spotted grouper and create a couple of exciting new episodes.