Author

Jessica Macdonald

Writer

Originally from England, I first learned to dive so that I could go cage diving with great whites off Guadalupe Island, Mexico, in 2008. From that first shark encounter onwards, I have been utterly hooked on the underwater world, and particularly on the issue of shark conservation. Whilst studying for my degree in London, I worked at London Aquarium, before going to Mozambique to research whale sharks off Tofo. I completed my PADI Instructor’s course while living in South Africa, and spent nine months teaching and guiding on Aliwal Shoal, where I set up a tiger shark ID project and began writing for the conservation organisation Shark Angels. After a seven month trip teaching around South East Asia, I'm heading back to Africa to explore the incredible dive sites of Tanzania.

Stories by Jessica
Amazon Reef
Conservation In the Water

Oil Drilling Threatens Recently Discovered Amazon Reef

In late January, the world saw the first photographs of a stunning new coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon River. Sadly, oil drilling already threatens it.

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Marine Conservation
Conservation In the Water

Marine Conservation in an Urban Environment

Often we associate marine-conservation projects with remote parts of the world. But in reality, some of the most important marine-conservation programs take place in an urban environment.

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Dental Problems and Scuba Diving
Health In the Water

Study Connects Dental Problems and Scuba Diving

Clenching a regulator combined with pressure underwater can mean dental problems and scuba diving go hand in hand.

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Tilikum
News Conservation In the Water

Tilikum’s Death and the Future of SeaWorld in 2017

The controversial documentary “Blackfish,” featuring killer whale Tilikum sparked a world-wide discussion on cetacean captivity. Now that Tilikum has died, what’s next for SeaWorld and captive cetaceans in general?

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New stuff
Truli Wetsuits

Truli Wetsuits for Women Reveals its Most Colorful Wetsuit Yet

Truli Wetsuits for Women announces a new color, new collection, additional size and a sale to celebrate.
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Kelly Slater

Did Kelly Slater Really Just Call for a Shark Cull?

After the death of a bodyboarder due to a shark attack in Reunion Island, pro surfer Kelly Slater thinks a shark cull is in order.
by Rebecca Strauss
Light & Motion Sola

Troubleshooting Tips for Light & Motion Sola Lights

The Light & Motion Sola line is one of the best and simplest underwater imaging lights ever created. It’s also one of Backscatter’s best sellers.
by Press Release
shark finning

First Criminal Charges for Shark Finning in Costa Rica

A Costa Rican court has, for the first time, served criminal charges for shark finning and sentenced a Taiwanese business owner to prison.
by Kathryn Curzon