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By Fred Hypolite 4 years ago
Categories Mahe and Curieuse

My name is Fred Hypolite and am Seychellois… I am currently working for the Save Our Seas Foundation and to me working for such a foundation is an absolute pleasure….Nature has been incarnate in my genes as I have a passionate love for it… I’ve always watched and found interest in different environmental documentary be it forest or the marine life, the bonding love never cease to vanish; on the contrary it continues to grow like the evolution of sharks from prehistoric time….

Working for Save Our Seas requires more knowledge about different types of reef fish, their habitat, size, families and so on, in general to better know my field and domain…and what better place to learn about fish methodology than GVI!

From a bleaching coral which I was when I start on the first day to be now a full brain coral, I am extremely on another level of marine explorer madness filled with joy…just like a zooxanthellae giving the coral its colour.
Here at GVI there are many opportunities and knowledge to be gain from different aspect of marine life, especially in the conservation part which they are doing it extremely a hundred percent well… As a juvenile fish things were so much of a challenge, I had many thought were by if I could manage to fulfill the task given, but we the professionalism help of the young staff they were always assuring me so that I could meet the goal and yes I did … I had the opportunity to gain my advance dive course which I am so proud of myself…. As the days past new knowledge built in; to start off I was given a group of fish to learn and later on to survey, in the beginning it was like carving a wood with a cutter but as days prologue I was on top of the game….Those fish names was quite a headache but if you snorkel or dive with me and spot one of the group fish I’ve learned it will be like taking candy from a baby.

To be honest I have snorkelled so many times but never knew those fish names, thanks to GVI that I have started something good which I will continue grow upon learning more… Filling up tanks and using a compressor was never in my intent to learn how to, but with the patient of Andy I have manage to operate the compressor and fill out tanks for the next group of divers and a new skill once more gain for future use… Without communication many things might or can go wrong, this is why radio communication was another aspect that I have learn here, though my accent was quite Jamaican but the skipper could understand each phrase said and once again what better way to achieve in learning something new….

GVI is not only about conservation and preserving marine life but the awareness of reaching out to the less fortunate and to me as a Seychellois I salute and deeply appreciate this generosity of what you are doing. Even though our time is limited and had lots to do you guys has a way to fulfil the happiness of those kids. To see the smile on the kids face after spending some time with them, this is something truly touching…Making a difference in someone’s else life means a lot…. The other part that I will salute you is the educational part of conservation…spreading the message to young generation is the pillar to safe guard what we have today so that others may continue to value, appreciate and conserve for generation after generation….teaching the ISS kids though some of them are talkative, after all they are kids; to me the message is spreading, as many of them are curious to learn and asking many question, so keep up the good work…..

Here at GVI is a melting pot of different cultures, bonding families like the Great Barrier Reef; we are all welling to help one another on the journey of marine conservation…. I am really grateful to be part of this family. I may not be the first Seychellois to follow the GVI journey but I have made History in within my family…. I personally believe that Seychellois should take the opportunity to join the GVI and learn about what they have to offer. Help in the development of marine conservation in the Seychelles; contribute to spread the words, the awareness, the education…. On my part, marine Life, marine education, marine conservation needs to be acknowledged, so this is what I will continue of doing.

Taking this opportunity to thanks Save Our Sea Foundation for encouraging me to come here. GVI base manager for his kindness, patient and understanding, all staff who has help me in different ways, all fellow colleagues and most above all GOD…..