We are thrilled to welcome Paul Vinten, Marine Biologist to the team. Paul is Blue O Two’s resident shark specialist and will be heading up the Project Shark itineraries.
Paul has a wealth of experience and knowledge of marine life, which he will be sharing with our guests in Egypt.
Paul graduated from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh back in 1993 with a degree in Applied Marine Biology and commercial diving. He helped to set up and work in, what was then the largest aquarium in Europe, Deep Sea World in Scotland. Paul worked as a diver and aquarist to maintain the large ocean tank and take care of the many marine species, including the nurse sharks.
Paul has also worked for the University of Stirling in the aquaculture department. In Cyprus, he ran a large successful offshore fish farm. Traveling around Australia, Paul worked as a dive guide on the Great Barrier Reef.
He arrived in Egypt in 1998. Paul worked as a dive instructor and he found the diving and the lifestyle so addictive, he didn’t want to leave. During his time in Egypt, Paul qualified as a technical diving instructor trainer and worked full-time on safari boats for 10 years. He ran coral reef surveying courses and marine biology presentations. Paul enjoys the thrill of introducing visiting divers to the wonders of the Red Sea.
“As I’m passionate about the marine environment, my intention is to encourage people to understand and promote the importance of sharks. I’d love to leave people wanting to spread the word of how important the marine ecosystem is to the continued health of the planet. Working with Blue O Two helps me to do just that. I love the sea! With the support of such a great team, I am able to give our customers an even better experience, sharing my knowledge and driving their understanding of sharks.”
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