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David Wachenfeld

Marine biologist and underwater photographer, Triggerfish Images in Townsville Australia

David Wachenfeld is a marine biologist, marine park manager and underwater photographer. He has loved the ocean since he was a small child when his parents inspired him with a diet of Jacques Cousteau documentaries and snorkelling holidays. Since his first SCUBA dive at age 10 and first experience with an underwater camera at age 16, he has developed a passion for marine life and capturing the ocean’s beauty in photographs. He has dived on coral reefs throughout the world, conducting research, taking photographs, teaching people and working to protect the environment. In 1993, he completed a PhD studying the behaviour and ecology of coral reef triggerfish in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. His love of this charismatic family of fish lead him to name his photography company ‘Triggerfish Images’. Since 1992, he has lived in Townsville, right next door to Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef, his favourite place on Earth and an environment he is dedicated to protecting.

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Life on the Great Barrier Reef

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 07, 2013

"When I dive in the Great Barrier Reef, there is such a sensation of peace and tranquility and a sense of connection with nature. It is one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had anywhere in the world."

In "Life on the Great Barrier Reef" from PechaKucha Night Townsville Vol. 4, David Wachefeld speaks on his favorite aspects of the barrier reefs: the fish, its abstract patterns and color, and his emotional connections to it. 

In our time of ever growing environmental awareness to the degradation of coral reefs, David ignores the negativity of controversial issues related to the Great Barrier Reef but instead focuses on its beauty and his fascination with the countless species of wildlife therein. 

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Our Reef needs YOU!

@ VOL 19 ON SEP 20, 2018

Dr David Wachenfeld 
Chief Scientist GBRMPA

Our Reef needs YOU!

Contrary to many media reports, the Great Barrier Reef is not dead! But it is in trouble and it needs your help. Dr David Wachenfeld from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will explain what you can do.

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Townsville @ Dancenorth
Sep 20, 2018

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Sep 07, 2013