Introducing Robin Bisel of the Hawaii Ocean Project:
What do you do for Hawaii Ocean Project?
I inform guests about our direct involvement with research and how they can help support the ongoing effort to understand humpback and other cetacean behavior here in Maui. I act as a steward for ocean conservancy by educating visitors about local ecology.
How long have you been on Maui? What brought you here?
I have lived Maui for 11 months. I have always been fascinated with the ocean and all the wildlife it supports; particularly marine mammals. After earning a degree in marine biology and living on the Big Island for 6 months, I decided to come check out Maui!
What do you love about your job?
So many things! I absolutely love seeing the humpbacks everyday during the winter. But more than that I love educating the public about Hawaii flora and fauna – breaking misconceptions and affirming information visitors already know. I also love the variety this job has to offer.
Do you have a favorite HOP experience to share?
It’s difficult to come up with just one individual favorite experience as I’ve had so many. But I love sharing whale watching experiences with first timers. It’s also very rewarding to get someone in the water snorkeling who has never swam before. I just love being a part of memorable experiences for passengers.
What’s the best part of your day at work?
The best part of my day is when we’re out on the beautiful flat water looking for whales. Then we see one breach or do something amazing and someone asks me if I ever get tired of this job: To which I reply “absolutely not.”
What do you want people to know about Hawaii Ocean Project?
HOP is a great way to support real, genuine research. I’m out on the boat everyday educating guests about humpback whale and Hawaii ecology. HOP is a way for us to give back to researchers who provide us with all of this useful information. Why is it important to know about whales and other marine life? By learning and understanding these amazing creatures, we can better understand our changing oceans, and therefore our planet. In order to protect our oceans, we must fully understand them.