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Saturday 3rd August 2019

15 Whales

Byron Bay

8-21

SSW 7KN

1.8m

Today there was plenty of action out off the coast of Ballina and Byron Bay. We enjoyed breaching, comp groups, muggings & tail slapping on our Byron Bay Whale Watching Cruises at 8:00am & 11:00am. Conditions are looking good this week, so be sure to book aboard our Byron Bay Whale Watching Cruise.

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Our Story & Team

From passion grew inspiration

Out Of The Blue Adventures specialise in premier eco cruises & tours, including Whale Watching, Ocean Adventures & River Cruises. All cruises are guided by a passionate Marine Biologist and the business is owned & operated by local couple, Dean Fox & Sally Brown.

Our Mission

“Educate visitors and local community about the areas marine life, ecosystem, vulnerable species while delivering a unique and memorable ocean & river adventure, which allows us to continue supporting and promoting marine research.”

The Team

Skippers

Dean J. Fox

Owner/Captain

Dean has been a Master of multiple commercial vessels for the last 10 years. He has gained extensive knowledge from operating these vessels here in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. During this time, he also lived, breathed and dove the expanse of coast off Brunswick, Byron Bay & Ballina. Over the years, Dean has gained invaluable local knowledge and unparalleled understanding of these waters and bar crossings.Falling in love with the ocean at a very young age, Dean grew up exploring local rock pools and diving the underwater playground he found so fascinating. He has a profound appreciation for this area and the ocean itself. Dean enjoys offering the opportunity to truly connect with the aquatic world and raise awareness of preservation aboard his vessel. He is very proud to live in such a beautiful part of the world and loves sharing incredible oceanic experiences with others. Dean states “I have turned my passion into a way of life.”

Angus Steeles

Captain

An all round waterman born and raised in Ballina, Angus started gaining nautical experience as a chef on various surf charter boats in the Mentawai islands. After discovering an absolute passion for the ocean and marine culture he further pursued his career acquiring his Master >24 & MED3 to become a Skipper/Operations Manager on some of the best and most renowned surf charter boats in Indonesia and the Pacific. After returning home to Ballina due to COVID 19 Angus found his feet securing the absolute dream job amongst the elements with Out of the Blue. There he found his new passion for marine life and conservation. Being brought up right next to the river in Ballina, Angus is highly capable and confident in assessing and tackling the bar on a daily basis using this skill set for Whale watching, dolphin cruises, Byron coastal tours and also as a Volunteer for Marine Rescue. On his days off, you can find Angus still out on the water doing what he enjoys most, amongst the big swells tow surfing or Hydro foiling.

Marine Biologist Guides

Emily Horton

Marine Biologist

Emily is a passionate ocean enthusiast with a love for the ocean and how it works on a systematic level. Emily is fascinated with the the ecology of marine life and everyday works on expanding that knowledge further. Emily is a free-diver and underwater photographer and has experienced such incredible moments interacting with animals underwater from a young age, which has helped shape her perspective of the duty of care we have to help protect these wild places. She is nearing completion of her double Batchelor degree in Marine and Environmental science and is actively working hard to make her passion her way of life. Emily has owned her own boat and has sailed and explored the northern regions of the East coast all the way down to Byron Bay, she has great experience and knowledge of the ocean and loves sharing that with others.

Liz Hawkins

Marine Biologist

Liz is a marine biologist and passionate conservationist. She has over 20 years’ experience in marine mammal research and environmental education. Liz has a doctorate in cetacean ecology and conservation with much of her work published internationally. She enjoys engaging and educating the community about these animals and immersing people in their world. Liz has been a tour guide with Out of the Blue since 2019 and is also the Founding Director and CEO of local marine conservation charity, Dolphin Research Australia.

Louisa Anderson

Marine Biologist

Louisa Andersen (Louie) is a marine and environmental scientist, adventure guide and wildlife rescuer. Her love for the environment has led her to share her passion and enthusiasm for marine and wildlife conservation across a variety of platforms. Over the years, Louie has gained extensive knowledge and experience working onboard vessels within the dive and eco-tourism industry both overseas and at home in the Byron region. She strives to make a positive difference through education, based on scientific understanding, cultural acknowledgement and of course… FUN! In her spare time, she volunteers at the local marine wildlife hospital which focusses on the rescue, rehabilitation and research of sea turtle and sea bird species. Louie hopes to inspire others to better look after country, including all waterways, lands and the creatures inhabiting them.

Administration

Sally Brown

Administration/Owner

Sally is an experienced administration and design specialist. Driven by her passion for creative projects, computer skills and her background in Administration, she takes pride in providing the best customer service and visual branding possible. As a self taught entrepreneur, her goals include taking 'Out Of The Blue' to the next level in all aspects and directing the business to its full potential. Sally & Dean are proud to call 'Out Of The Blue' their baby and look forward to many years building a family owned and operated business.

Natalie Bailey

Customer Service

Natalie (Nat) is an experienced administration and customer service specialist. Driven by her passion for providing quality customer experiences, she takes pride in her position taking bookings and helping 'Out Of the Blue' customers. Anything you need? Nat will be there to help.

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