As I sit in the airport about to fly to a school to speak to kids about ocean conservation, I have been thinking.
My profile is called rileysharks but there is so much more than pretty shark pictures that goes into the recipe required for shark conservation.
I am sick of seeing the trend on instagram of BS influencers who travel on some sponsors dollar, holding the newest phone, preaching some bullcrap about living the dream and trying to blatantly sell Shit to people watching.
In my opinion, talentless sellouts will fade. A true product is required to sustain, and a true product is only one that's exactly that, true.
So from now on I am going to post more about what is involved in truly representing nature, the ocean, sharks, conservation etc. It's not always pretty shark pictures. It's often like today, talking to kids, answering emails, or writing papers, but there does come an excitement of no consistent pay check, just a true path.
So i will share a true representation of what my life is.
For the last five months I have been hammering nails, creating a base from where I can establish an institute to take budding marine biologists, kids and tourists out to see the big animals, learn about them, get experience, so they can be empowered to speak for the voiceless animals out of sight.
Why this shift in tact? Well because as I wrote the speech for the school today about the ocean, I saw that most slides were negative, damage, pollution, strife, issues and all around lack of respect for our ocean, and ironically ourselves.
So in my opinion, to improve, to truly influence, you must empower, with reality, not BS.
So if you just want pretty pictures of sharks, follow one of many catalogue pages. If you want to know the lifestyle of a dedicated marine researcher, conservationist, explorer, teacher, surf bumb, academic, nature kid, then stay on board.
Aww and this is a pretty shark picture, just to remind you and me, the light at the end of the tunnel above is. Sometimes you are rewarded, in this case, my best nature experience ever, with the wildest, non-habituated sharks I have ever swum with.