Dan Godoy has studied marine species at University of Auckland and Massey University. He has carried on research and volunteer work at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater Marine experience where rescued turtles are brought for rehabilitation and has been involved in the release and tracking of many rehabilitated turtles. He has worked with Sustainable Coastlines to sustain and protect our coastlines: and is a co-founder of BIgFish, an organisation about raising awareness about the ocean wanderers – mobulid rays, great whites, turtles, basking sharks and whale sharks – right here in NZ.
Dan has given selflessly over a decade or more to protect, conserve, and rehabilitate marine turtles in New Zealand and throughout the South Pacific. He is one of the most knowledgeable persons in the country on the state of the various species of marine turtles and much of what he does is as a volunteer.
Although more and more marine turtles have ended up in NZ waters, little is known about them and there is a lack of awareness about these creatures. Dan has worked tirelessly to change that.
Nominated by Gloria Williams on 5 December 2016
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