“My work makes me realize the vital importance that these caves have to the island multi eco-systems. Cave diving is a world that never ceases to trigger my admiration for its beauty, while fuelling my curiosity and desire to discover and understand more.”
I was born and grew up in Denmark; in 2017 I was waiting for my time to attend the university to complete my electronics engineering education, when I joined a 3 months long volunteer shark conservation project in Fiji. This decision changed my life forever and linked me to the ocean, the sharks and my current work and passion as scuba diving professional, shark handler and cave explorer.
I have moved and live in The Bahamas since December 2018 and I continue to work to make this place my home.
Although the sharks were the reason why I traveled to both Fiji and The Bahamas in the first place, cave diving is the reason I want to stay.
When I started my cave diving journey I was immediately captured by this hidden and, at the time, unknown world. I was fascinated and curious by the geological events that have caused these caves to form, I had questions about the formations, the sediments, why a cave so close to another looked so different, how did the creatures survive in them.
During these dives I started to notice features of the caves I didn’t notice before and with caution started to deploy my exploration line into some sections. At first, I was unsuccessful but with time I started to understand how the systems worked and I was able to find new passageways and extend the systems further.
Exploration and survey have become two of my main cave diving activities, but I still love to go back to the known systems and enjoy a cave dive.
In 2019 I joined the team at the nonprofit People of the Water to be able to expand the reach of my work and research in both cave diving and sharks. Through my volunteer time with them and the projects we were involved, it became very apparent how these elements are connected and I made it my mission to divulge this information and help in the preservation of these areas.
I am fortunate enough to live in a place where there is still unexplored land; on a regular basis we head to areas that appear to have an entrance with water, hike, and scout the area. It is hard work, lots of hiking with gear, several trips but the rewards are priceless. In 2020 our efforts were rewarded with the discovery of two new systems, no one else had ever explored before us. We are currently organizing research expeditions to expand our understanding of these hidden worlds.
My work makes me realize the vital importance that these caves have to the island multi eco-systems. Cave diving is a world that never ceases to trigger my admiration for its beauty, while fuelling my curiosity and desire to discover and understand more.