Thursday, 30 June 2016

Meet the very important people in Sea Synergy this summer, without their help we could not keep going. I am forever grateful to all the people who help Sea Synergy grow, are raising marine awareness and partaking in very important research in the local area! Go raibh mile maith agat!!

Hey there! I’m Louise, and I’m a thalassophile - I love the sea! Growing up in a big city, London no less, didn’t stop my emerging fascination for nature and, in particular, the ocean; the biodiversity and outstanding beauty of our coasts hooked me at a young age and I have been under the spell ever since! 
I have been studying Marine Biology at the University of Southampton which has been an invaluable experience, but sitting in a lecture doesn’t excite me quite like having your toes in the sand and the smell of the sea all around you. Any excuse to immersed in nature and I’m there! Another thing about me is that I absolutely love kids and the pure joy that they bring to life. Their curiosity and energy is something to be embraced. I can’t think of anything better than combining my two passions by working with children every day to encourage and inspire them to love and care for the world around us.

The moment I read about Sea Synergy and the voluntary position available I emailed my friend the link with the words, ‘I want it’. Her response, ‘Go. For. It.’. A letter, an interview and a few emails to Lucy later and here I am today! Sea Synergy embodies all of the things I am most enthusiastic about: marine biology, environmental education, conservation, mental wellbeing and kids. I cannot put into words how excited I am for the rest of summer!
Louise rock pooling

Hi, my name is Sadhbh - I’m a Wildlife Biology student at IT Tralee, originally hailing from Dublin. Far from my city roots, I’m a total nature and wildlife junkie and love to travel and spend most of my time outdoors – which makes the job spec of a marine biologist pretty much my idea of heaven! My background is in kayaking and rock climbing but I have a passion for all things outdoors – any excuse will have me out on the ocean, cycling through the countryside or hiking toward a great view. I believe in creating space to pursue your passions within your chosen profession and, in doing so, making the word ‘job’ obsolete!
I came to Sea Synergy because of the passion and drive I saw here for the protection of the oceans which I believe has the power to inspire people to effect real and lasting change on our little island - and on its attitude toward the sea on which it is so very dependent for survival. All positive change starts with a single voice in the crowd and I’m really excited to be adding mine J
Sadhbh looking after a baby turtle

Hi I'm Eleanor (or you can call me Ellie :)) I graduated from Bangor Universtiy with a degree in Marine Biology in 2008, then after travelling for a few years I settled back home in south Kerry. I work locally in Waterville and enjoy helping out at Sea Synergy when I'm not too busy walking the dog, drinking tea or trying to grow vegetables from food scraps on my kitchen window!!

Ellie very happy after an aerial survey for whales & dolphins

Monday, 13 June 2016

Looking to do something good for you this weekend ??
Join Alex and I on our Optimum You wellness workshop in Tech Amergin, Waterville this sat morning 10am-1pm. Discover health benefits of yoga, optimum nutrition and nature connection. Invest in your health for €25  - free smoothie/juice samples! Please book by calling Alex on 0876861844 or email

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Hope you are enjoying this fabulous weather! Summer has begun and the water is warming up! Lots of life about, long days and spectacular sunsets!

Sea Synergy Marine Awareness centre and sea life exhibition re-opens this friday 3rd of June! Aswell as our live animals in our tanks, whale and dolphin exhibition and interactive displays we have some new features such as Pirate corner and inkeeping with Skelligs and Star Wars craze we have a fun Yoda search trail in the exhibition! Fun for all the family!

We have lots of kids (6yrs+) workshops planned for the weekends, so please let anyone you know who is down for the Bank holiday weekend and looking for fun activities for their kids to partake in, about the workshops in Waterville, the fine weather looks like it is here to stay! See poster attached for more details on workshops. Please email me or call 0877850929 to book on as limited spaces.
Sat 4th Beach explore and yoga 10am-midday.
Sun 5th Beach arts & Crafts 11am-1pm
Mon 6th Explore Seashore 11-12:30pm
Sat 11th Explore seashore  2pm-3:30pm

The 8th of June is International World Oceans Day and to celebrate Sea Synergy sea life exhibition will be free entry on the day. with a presentation on marine life and ocean conservation at 4:30pm. We will also be going for a swim on Waterville beach at 6:15pm so feel free to join us (in IRD carpark) for some blue mind time (weather permitting -fingers crossed it stays like this) and doing a 2 minute beach clean up before/after - every little helps!

I have teamed up with long time friend and fantastic yoga teacher and nutritionist Alexandra Carey to hold a half day wellness and nature connection workshop Called 'Optimum You' to be held in Tech Amergin on 18th of June. Lots of nutrition and health advice (incl why we need nature) in a relaxed fun environment. Contact Alex on 0876861844 or email her on or of course you can contact me too :)

The following weekend is Discover Derrynane weekend 24th-26th June with lots of outdoor activities and presentations on our fantastic biodiversity here on Iveragh. (All events are FREE) I will be giving a fun interactive Marine Creature Feature workshop on Sat at 3:30pm in Derrynane House followed by a presentation on the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG).

We still have some dates free for school beach days so please contact me asap if you would like to go to your local beach with your school and have your students discover the marine life there!

If anyone is interested in sailing or trying something new I have two sailing trips coming up this year which you can join us on: 
 1. IWDG & West Cork Sailing from Castletownbere to Camaret 'The Shelf Edge cruise'
Outward Cruise: Dates 28 th of August to September 7 th Castletownbere (West Cork, Ireland) to Camaret (Brittany, France)
Return Cruise: September 8 th to 18th Camaret (Brittany) to Castletownbere (West Cork).
Places are still available to join a cruise recording cetacean activity principally in the Irish EEZ from West Cork to Brittany where the shelf edge is targeted from Ireland to France on Jessy of Adrigole a 37ft yacht (Jessy). Contact

2. Sea Self - Mindfulness @ Sea Click the link to find out more 
St. Thomas, USVirgin Islands & British Virgin Islands Length: 9 days 8 nights Focus: Mindfulness at sea:) 

MAY news
We had a fantastic day for the German Press group and Failte Ireland at Bray Head so an audience of over 500,000 German  will know more about our beautiful SW Kerry coastline, WAW and the marine life that inhabit it through German media.

Also I was very lucky to get out in this fine weather to Skelligs guiding a great group over the weekend. If you or a customer of yours wants a local guide for the day please contact me for a fun filled and informative day on the Iveragh Peninsula, walking, boat trips, marine activities and wellness packages available.

And to finish up May we did an aerial survey onboard the Aircorps CASA 252 where we saw basking sharks, minke whales and lots of dolphins photos available on Facebook LH Marine & Sea Synergy

Looking forward to seeing you next week or over the summer!