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
deepest diving animals
In the Water Marine Species

Top Five Deepest Diving Animals

As divers, we spend a lot of time thinking about depth. But how deep can nature’s deepest diving animals go? The answer will amaze you.

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polar climate change
Conservation In the Water

Five Marine Species Threatened by Polar Climate Change

The effects of global warming are visible everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the Arctic and Antarctica. Here are five marine species threatened by polar climate change.

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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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New stuff
Think Pink

Dive into the Pink Announces 2018 Think Pink Photo Competition

Nonprofit organization Dive into the Pink announces the second annual Think Pink photo competition.
by Press Release
Alternatives to Anchoring

Green Fins IYOR 2018 Campaign Part 2: Alternatives to Anchoring

Anchoring on a reef causes damage not only to the natural environment but also potentially to divers. Here are some alternatives to anchoring.
by Guest Author
Save the Ocean

Seven Steps You Can Take to Help Save the Ocean

Although the problems may seem insurmountable, you can help save the ocean through direct action. Here are seven steps you can take today.
by Chris Vyvyan-Robinson
Best Kelp Dives

World’s Best Kelp Dives

Diving in kelp has been likened to diving in an underwater forest. Here are our picks for the world’s best kelp dives.
by Chris Vyvyan-Robinson