Justin Bruhn is a local Sunshine Coast boy from Landsborough. His ‘day job’ has him acting as a Security Consultant which has taken him around Queensland including the Far North, but he has also worked in the diving industry as as a dive instructor and a passionate underwater photographer.
He has dived extensively around the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand and South America. He has a deep commitment to marine conservation, and believes that to save underwater treasures such as the Great Barrier Reef, preserving their images and educating the community is one way to go.
DiveCareDare first met Justin through connections with a local dive operator, both eventually joining forces when Tony took a group of local divers to Beqa Lagoon, Fiji to have a life affecting, shark diving experience, diving with up to 8 different breeds of sharks at any one time.
Justin has a huge, very impressive Nauticam underwater camera set up, and whilst he does do videography, he is increasingly taking more and more still photos, especially wide angle rather than macro photography. Continue reading
Below is a recent article written by Kathy Sundstrom in our local Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper published on the 9th October 2014. She called me for a phone interview brought on by the recently reported shark encounter in Mooloolaba. The following article was the result of that discussion:
SUNSHINE COAST DAILY:
“A RESPECTED shark expert has called for mandatory education in schools and for tourists to make them “shark-savvy” following video footage of a great white circling a boat off Mooloolaba.
Darryl Kitching said he was terrified when the five-metre-long shark circled the family’s seven-metre boat for about 20 minutes, sometimes nudging its side.
Mr Kitching said it was something he had never experienced in his 40 years of fishing.
“I was very glad I was in the boat,” he said.
Shark expert Tony Isaacson of Kawana, said there was likely to be a number of great whites off the Coast as they followed humpback whales heading south.
Mr Isaacson said that with proper education, people need not fear sharks and he could not understand why this was not taught at schools and to tourists visiting the area.
“People need to be shark-savvy,” he said.
He said an incident at Byron Bay earlier this month in which a swimmer was killed by a great white happened “a year to the day” he had an encounter with the feared species in the same location.
“I was filming grey nurse sharks and then they started forcing me down to the ocean floor,” Mr Isaacson said.
“I had never had this experience before and couldn’t work out why they were pushing me down.
The next thing I saw a 4.5 metre great white above them. This is not unusual, but they are usually quite well fed.”
Visit the Daily’s website to see Mr Kitching’s video of the great white.
Twenty-six sharks have been caught in nets or drum lines off the Coast since January.
Sharks caught in nets and drumlines, January 1 to September 30:
Noosa 9 – 5 tiger sharks, 4 whalers
Maroochydore 4 – 1 long-nose whaler, 1 hammerhead, 1 great hammerhead, 1 bull whaler
Marcoola 3 – 1 tiger, 2 whalers
Wurtulla 2 – 1 great hammerhead, 1 sharp tooth shark
Coolum Beach – 2 long-nose whalers
Alex Headland – 1 great hammerhead
Twin Waters – 1 grey nurse shark
Peregian – 1 tiger shark
Castaways – 1 tiger shark
Marcus Beach – 1 tiger shark
Currimundi – 1 tiger shark
Some safety tips to minimise the chance of shark attack:
- Swim or surf only at patrolled beaches – between the flags and where shark safety equipment is in place
- Leave the water immediately if a shark is sighted
- Do not swim or surf after dusk, at night, or before dawn when sharks become more active
- Do not swim or surf in murky or silt-laden waters
- Do not swim in, or at the mouth of, rivers, estuaries, artificial canals and lakes
- Never swim alone
- Never swim when bleeding
- Do not swim near schools of fish or where fish are being cleaned
- Do not swim near, or interfere with, shark control equipment
- Do not swim with animals”.
Related articles about recent local shark sightings by the Sunshine Coast:
NEW MAGAZINE TO HIT THE SUNSHINE COAST – LIQUIDLIFE – FIRST EDITION SEPTEMBER 2014
Earlier this week at the Scuba Buddies Brisbane Meet UP night, Tony had the pleasure to meet Liesl Walker, Editor of an exciting new coastal magazine, liquidlifeMAG.
From left to right, Tony, Liesl Walker, liquildlifeMag and Fern Perry, Lutwala Dive.
liquidlifeMag is the brain child of Liesl Walker and her team of seven other water sport enthusiasts. Their goal is to educate, inspire and entertain locals through stories and photography while also providing information from businesses for everyday people to make use of.
Liesel says “I am super excited about this new venture and believe there is definitely a place for it on the Sunshine Coast. We are covering all forms of watersports including fishing, diving and camping as we want liquidlife to be exactly as the name suggests – our Sunny Coast life around liquid!”.
liquidlifeMag will be a fresh, new Sunshine Coast glossy magazine with four editions each year with 10,000 free copies distributed to cafes, shops, restaurants and hotels from Caloundra to Noosa at the start of each season.
Their first magazine will be issued as a Spring Edition to be released on the 1st September 2014.
They would love to hear from any individuals with interesting watersport stories or local businesses who would like to promote their products and services.
Find out more on their web site: www.liquidlifemag.com.au or on their Facebook page: liquidlife MAG.
If you have any stories that you think may be of interest, then please contact Liesl Walker on: 0488 551 162 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAUNCH OF DIVECAREDARE:
DiveCareDare was launched on the 1st July 2014.
Who, What is DiveCareDare?
DiveCareDare is the brain child of Tony Isaacson, a PADI scuba instructor, marine studies teacher, naturalist and marine adventurer for 30 years.
Tony has been passionate about marine life and the oceans to the extent that his “life is diving….the rest is surface interval”. Since 1977 his passion has been delivered to students from preschool to post graduates and marine educational associations and clubs. Now he has stepped up to a dot-com to engage a global interaction with like-minded educators, adventurers ocean care volunteers and those who know that an ocean without sharks is a scarier world than one with them.
Three words that can mean many things.
Taken at face value:
Dive the oceans, remote destinations, pristine tropical or cold current waters…
Care for what we love, the seas and the creatures that we ultimately depend on…
Dare to swim with sharks, to be different, to do things differently, to make a difference…
Whatever you believe it to be, DiveCareDare is an educational platform for scuba divers, snorkelers, naturalists and those interested in learning more about diving destinations around the world and how they can help to make a difference for the creatures that live there.
The welfare of sharks is of particular interest and concern for Tony. To overcome a lifelong fear of sharks Tony has turned to the finest locations on the planet to get to know sharks and to respect them and their pivotal role for healthy sustainable oceans.
Tony waves the flag for sharks and marine ecotourism around the world. He has site custodial roles with the Grey Nurse Shark Watch to monitor the recovery of a shark which has been reduced to critically low numbers because they looked ferocious to a generation affected by the 1975 blockbuster movie JAWS.
In 2013 Tony motivated a 60 MINUTES team including well known reporter Peter Overton and bull shark bite survivor Paul de Gelder to dive with bull sharks in Beqa Lagoon, Fiji – the only place in the world where 8 species of shark can be encountered at one dive site.
DiveCareDare has connections with dive travel and diver training. Tony is a certified PADI Instructor and works along with local businesses to provide training for people aspiring to become Open Water and Advanced Divers. He operates an Airbnb “divers lodge” for small groups to do local dives or hit the road for camper van safaris and diving charters north and south of his home on the sunshine Coast.
Tony uses videography and frame captures to share what he experiences as a platform for awe, wonder and education. When a fire in our bellies is burning, awareness is heightened and like-minded people can make good things happen for the beasts of this world who cannot speak for themselves.
Tony’s mantra fosters intimate human-ocean life interaction.
“In the end we will conserve only what we love.
We love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught”.
Tony Isaacson is DiveCareDare. DiveCareDare is Tony Isaacson.