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Lead investigator sharkwatch arabia

David is a marine biologist born and raised in a small village outside of York in the UK. He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Liverpool's marine biology lab based on the Isle of Man. David then completed his MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation specialising in marine biology at the University of Leeds. He currently works as the Assistant Curator of the Burj Al Arab Aquarium based in Dubai where he helps run the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project and helps to manage various fish and shark breeding projects. He is currently undertaking his post-graduate study with Heriot-Watt University based in Edinburgh and Dubai researching the ecology of whales sharks in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. In his spare times, he can usually be found diving and trying to improve his underwater photography skills.


Contributor of all underwater pictures on this website

Simone is a Dubai based underwater photographer. Keen diver and passionate about the sea he loves to use his photography to help and support marine research and conservation projects. He is the main photographer supporting the Sharkwatch Arabia whale shark research project and has contributed his photography for the National Geographic Wild Arabia exhibition in the UAE. He is also a regular feature photographer for the EDA (Emirates Diving Association) magazine.