To most I am known as Charlie, although recently I have had the good fortune of acquiring a number of new nicknames; Maggie, Charles... all stories for another time!
By trade I'm a marine scientist and hail from the lush coasts of Pembrokeshire. At the age of 11 I was extracted (unwillingly) to the Canary Islands, where to my horror, I loved it, and spent 8 happy years growing up with my family. I returned to the British Riviera from my isla bonita in 2011 to study Conservation Biology at UWE, Bristol. Since then, I haven't stopped chasing adventure and have lived on a total of three different continents and in 6 countries - all at the ripe old age of 27.
From leading research assessing plastic pollution in The Coral Triangle, to working as a field research assistant in the Saudi Red Sea, I've spent most of my time in the clear, warm waters of the tropics, far from home. But having recently returned to the UK, I am excited to discover the ocean adventures to be had on my doorstep.
For a long time I've been a culprit of dreaming of distant shores, ignoring the UK entirely, considering it a bleak and frankly, boring place. This I am learning is possibly one of the biggest mistakes I have made so far, because as you will learn, the isles of our atlantic rock are in fact full of untapped treasures.
Whether you're a seasoned salty or just beginning to dip your toes, my blog is here to share all types of adventure aimed to inspire you to engage and connect with the ocean. It is to me, my greatest love and healer, a wild place where I can escape the tide of time. I hope that through my adventures, you too may find a connection to the ocean, because although we might not have tropical warm waters, we have another sort of magic.
So for now, I will leave it here and I look forward to sharing my first salty adventures with you soon.