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Merel Dalebout

Marine Biologist

Merel completed her PhD in 2002, specializing in the ecology and evolution of whales. She subsequently spent several years in eastern Canada working as a whale researcher, before returning to Australia in 2005 to continue her work on Southern Ocean cetaceans. In 2009, she re-trained as a wilderness guide, focusing on environmental education, trekking, abseiling, and canyoning. She travels extensively, continues to do research on rare beaked whales, and also works as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. She actively seeks out work that offers both an intellectual and physical challenge, and that helps to reconnect people with the environment. Her approach to life is neatly summarized by the quote, Live as if you were to die tomorrow, but learn as if you were to live forever Gandhi