Leaving It Better

As the sunsets on our last day on the water in Port Douglas, I think back at what an amazing experience it has been for us in such a short time. I feel so lucky to be able to travel to exotic places to study humpback whales.

The last few days have been slow on the whale sightings, but we have found other ways to help the environment we are in. Every time we see a bit to marine debris (aka trash) we stop and pick it up. A plastic jug, a Tupperware container lid and a coffee cup are just an example of the items found floating here in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

When people ask about our job, we tend to tell them the exceptional part, such as up close encounter with the whales and traveling to far off places. Their response is always, “You have the best job in the world”. While sometimes we wonder if that is true, there are so many different exciting jobs out there, we do know that we are fortunate. However, you do not have to have a job like ours to help the environment. Every time you see a piece to trash on the ground or in the water, take a moment to pick it up and dispose of it correctly. Just like we are doing our part, so can you. Like our mothers always told us, “Leave a place better than you found it”.

Amanda Hutsel