Wilfred Chivell can be described in many ways – charismatic, dynamic, naturalist, visionary, rough diamond, entrepreneur and shrewd business man . . . and they all fit him like a glove. But beneath a tough outer veneer is a softie who gets all mushy and poetic about a petite little bird and who will not hesitate to put his life at risk to rescue an endangered animal.
General Manager and Skipper Hennie Otto regards his vast responsibilities as captain of the crew as "a full-time paid holiday and a way of life" rather than a job. A versatile all-rounder who also boasts in-depth knowledge of seabirds (both vagrants and residents) and a fundi with cameras, Hennie is the guy to help you set your camera for those once in a lifetime shots.
Skipper Shaun van Tonder is captain of the crew on Slashfin. Shaun is often found assisting the crew on Slashfin and will be sure to enjoy his quick wit and passion for sharks.
You might have seen Alison Towner on Shark Week, sharing her extensive knowledge on great white sharks. Inspired from a young age by her late father’s ambition to dive with White Sharks, Alison graduated from UK’S Bangor university in 2006 with a BSc Honours in Marine biology.
You might have seen him on Shark Week doing crazy stunts with Great White Sharks, now learn more about Dickie Chivell behind the scenes.
Michelle Jewell specialised in animal behaviour during her undergraduate Zoology degree. Her MSc focused on the behavioural ecology between the Great white sharks and Cape fur seals. She was supervised by Prof. Justin O'Riain and Dr. Alta de Vos of the University of Cape Town and supported by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. Michelle is currently a Lecturer and Chief Science Communicator at NC State University, and a Research Associate at Michigan State University Museums