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Wildlife & Nature
Emma has a passion for marine wildlife, especially cetaceans (whales, dolphins & porpoises) and seabirds. From 2006 to 2010, Emma worked as a wildlife officer and wildlife guide for MARINElife on the P&O ferry Pride of Bilbao as well as leading specific wildlife watching cruises on chartered cruiseships. Following this, Emma worked as a Marine Wildlife Surveyor for the Oil & Gas/Renewables industry and was a key surveyor in a long-term seabird survey in the North Sea as well as a government requested seabird and marine mammal survey off the Falkland Islands. Emma has travelled the World as a guest speaker for Swan Hellenic on several of their cruises and for P&O Cruises in a similar capacity. Subsequently, she became a speaker for Essex Wildlife Trust, RSPB and also was invited to speak at the inaugural Suffolk Mammal Conference in 2012.

Emma has been heavily involved with rescuing stranded cetaceans since 2004 and was a team member of the 2006 Thames Whale rescue as well as co-ordinator of a Pilot Whale mass stranding rescue in 2012. She is a trained marine mammal medic and carries out sampling for the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme.

Currently Emma works as an island ranger on Sanday, one of the northernmost Orkney islands working extensively with visitors. Her speciality is marine mammals and sea birds, but also talks about other marine wildlife as well as terrestrial wildlife. As a wildlife officer and marine wildlife surveyor, Emma has travelled the World recording the marine environment as well as enthusing passengers about the wonderful sightings which can be made during sea days. Emma is a very experienced and enthusiastic speaker with a wide range of subjects related to marine wildlife and the natural world and loves being able to share the experience of seeing whales & dolphins in the wild with passengers.
1. Thar she blows! An Introduction to Spotting Marine Mammals at Sea
A cruise is the perfect opportunity to sight whales & dolphins in their natural environment. Emma will explain what species you can hopefully see during the cruise as well as lots of hints and tips on how to spot them.

2. There's no such thing as a Seagull: A Guide to the Seabirds of the Voyage
Seabirds are a mystery to so many people. Emma will bring this often misunderstood group of birds to life and hihglight what you might see during your voyage.

3. Stranded: Why do Whales & Dolphins Strand?
Whales and dolphins have been stranding since time immemorial, but why? Emma will discuss the current thinking on why whales and dolphins strand and highlight some of the recent strandings and reasons why they have occured.

4. A Short History of Commercial Whaling
A difficult and emotive subject which will be brought up to date from the beginnings of commerical whaling right to the present day.

5. Seabirds of the Falkland Islands
In 2012, Emma spent 6 weeks carrying out a seabird and cetacean survey off the Falkland Islands. This presentation highlights some of the findings from that groundbreaking survey.

6. Whales & Dolphins of the UK
Think there is nothing in the seas around the uk? Emma will explain how rich our British oceans are and where you can go to see whales and dolphins in the UK.

7. The Magic of Migration: An Introduction to Migratory Birds
Why do birds migrate? How far do they travel? Where do they go? How do they find their way? All these questions are many more will be answered in this presentation.

8. Those Blue Planet Moments: Life as a Conservationist
Emma has spent 12 years working as a conservationist offshore and on land. This presentation highlights those once in a lifetime moments such as Orca chasing Sperm Whale, stopping 40 Pilot Whale from stranding, witnessing the Humpback Whale heatrun, rescuing trapped seal pups and so much more.
Between 2006 and 2010, Emma worked as a full-time wildlife officer and passenger enrichment for the charity MARINElife on board P&O Ferries Pride of Bilbao. This involved passenger lectures, deckwatches and sightings announcements on the voyage between Portsmouth, UK and Bilbao, Spain. She also worked as a wildlife guide on three 'Ultimate Pelagics' voyages which sailed on chartered cruiseships (Marco Polo, Athena, Princess Danae) between 2006-2008.

Emma has travelled as a guest speaker on four Swan Hellenic voyages on Minerva and again ran a passenger enrichment programme on sea days on all four of these voyages:
1. November 2008 - Naples, Italy to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2. November 2009 - Madeira, Portugal to Buenos Aires, Argentina
3. August 2010 - Dover, Uk to Dover, UK (Iceland Cruise)
4. January 2011 - Colomba, Sri Lanka to Singapore

More recently Emma has travelled as a guest speaker for P&O cruises on Ventura (August 2017) and will be travelling in 2018 on Oceana (P&O cruises) and Braemar (Fred Olsen).
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Oceana E804 Portugal & Spain Cruise 12 Southampton Sunday, March 11, 2018
Ventura N721 Spain, Greece & Turkey Cruise 17 Southampton Tuesday, August 15, 2017