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Sam Thalmann

Ornithologist & Marine Biologist

A native of Tasmania, Australia, Sam has over 20 years experience working on marine conservation research programs (Australian, French, Canadian and American) to many sub-Antarctic, Arctic and Alaskan locations. Sam has a special research interest in the foraging ecology of top end marine predators and has worked with humpback and southern right whales in Southern Australia, elephant seals, albatross and petrels on Macquarie Island and New Island, Antarctic fur seals at Iles Kerguelen and studied the population and habitat use of Steller sea lions and ringed seals in S.E Alaska and the high Arctic.

Sam is passionate about marine conservation, surfing and sailing with equal enthusiasm and pursues all of these passions around the world. If his work hasn't taken him there, it's probably likely that surfing, sailing or kayaking has.

For the past 5 years Sam has been working as a guide in polar tourism and brings an intimate knowledge and great love of the Polar Regions to his work, which in association with a positive energy and attitude, allows him to share his experiences with those around him.