MARINE oceanographer Brett Vercoe will share the magic moments he has captured underwater while diving the Solitary Islands Marine Park (SIMP).

The renowned local videographer and underwater photographer will present a lecture on big coastal critters at the Marine Science Centre.

SIMP education officer Chantelle Burns said the address was part of the Marine Discovery Series and a great way to discover what was happening in the local marine environment

"Brett is exceptional at capturing marine life in their element and has more than 34 years experience in adventure marine photography and an in-depth knowledge of our diverse marine life, particularly those found in the Solitary Islands Marine Park," Chantelle said.

"Brett will showcase some of the more interesting species he has captured on film over his many years of exploration of this special area."

BLUEWATER BLISS: One of Brett Vercoe’s amazing close encounters with humpback whales off the Coffs Coast.
BLUEWATER BLISS: One of Brett Vercoe’s amazing close encounters with humpback whales off the Coffs Coast.

Brett has been a regular diver in the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

The park is home to more than 550 species of reef fish, more than 100 species of coral and 600 species of mollusc.

"I'll show some of my best footage I have collected in the last year, so expect to be surprised by some of the antics I have captured on film," Brett said.

"I am lucky enough to hold a permit, which allows me close interaction with cetaceans.

"One of the best experiences I have had is filming humpback whales up close as they were hanging about in the water."

Details

What: Brett Vercoe's Marine Discovery Services lecture.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-7:30pm

Where: National Marine Science Centre, 2 Bay Dr, Coffs Harbour.



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