Bhakti Patel and Annika Andresen

Bhakti Patel’s passion for the ocean comes from a lifelong dream of becoming a marine biologist. During her career in marine science spanning over 10 years, she has conducted research from the northern to the southern reaches of Aotearoa’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Bhakti has been fortunate to work for The University of Auckland, BLAKE (which aims to inspire young New Zealanders to care for the environment), and now Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Annika Andresen wants to take every New Zealander to our ocean, to fall in love with it, and to fight for its survival. A former environmental educator, she has inspired over 40,000 students across the North Island to connect with our marine environment. This project brings together Annika’s passion for the ocean, design, and communication. Born with a sense of adventure, she is currently conducting marine expeditions worldwide, connecting scientists, indigenous peoples, and the public. Bhakti and Annika want to bridge the gap between science and the public. Using different forms of communication, they share their knowledge and experience in the hope of encouraging Kiwis to take action to protect our ocean. Why? Because “It’s too important not to. For all of us” – Sir Peter Blake.

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