Ocean Ambassador

Greg Lecoeur

Award-winning ocean and wildlife photographer

 

"I could feel the power of nature but I was also touched at the same time with a feeling of gentleness. I had the chance to capture the spectacular moment within a split second"

 

 When and why did did you start diving?

 

Marine’ biology has ever been a passion, being underwater is the best place to be near the marine wildlife. I first start freediving when I was child and at 20 years old I did my first scubadiving in the beautiful Reunion Island, I found totally in love with the activity.

 

What is your spirit fish or mammal?

 

I am in love with sharks which are incredible animals, apex predators, at the top of the evolution. They are the perfection of nature and very good subject for taking pictures; very photogenic with a specific light capture. I also love mammals for the interactions, especially the pilot whales from the Mediterraneen Sea where I live and have the chance to dive in the crystal blue water off the French Riviera.

 

What do you enjoy most about diving?

 

In addition to offering exceptional sensations of weightlessness, diving offers a real proximity with marinelife and possibility to witness the animal's behaviour as well as the interaction between different species. You feel very special and it is very exciting to breath underwater, move with freedom and be able to explore. The sound of the silence is a different part of the world. After the dive, your mind stays underwater and you feel much fullness.

 

How do you approach non-divers to get them excited about learning to dive?

 

Diving is accessible for everyone and requires no specific physcial conditions. It is an oustanding and exciting activity that can quickly become addictive. It can also create great moments to share with friends and family. 

Most memorable dive experience?

 

My best memorable dive experience was in South Africa during the SARDINE RUN. The migration of the sardines along the Wild Coast attracts all marine predators who work together to hunt baitballs in unison. I had the chance to be in the right place and the right time in the water to witness and document this moment when common dolphins and Cape gannet birds was hunting. One of the photograph I took this day was awarded in 2016 as National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.

 

A another amazing experience was in Tonga, interacting with a young humpback whale. This mammal was very curious and playful, came to investigate me and adopt the spy hopping posture in front of my masks. Although weighing several tens of tons this mammal showed incredible agility and power in holding itself vertically in the water.

 

Favorite piece of Aqua Lung equipment?

 

In addition to the comfort of the wetsuits, especially the AquaFlex, with a real beautiful design, the Rogue BCD gives me a freedom of movement, easy for the transport during travel thanks to the optimum and minimal design. Of course the famous Legend regulator assures me a calm and safe breathing.

 

What steps are you taking to improve the health of our oceans? Any advice for others who want to help?

 

Through my photographic work, I try to draw attention to the beauty and fragility of the marine world in order to raise the public conscious of the need to preserve our oceans. I encourage everyone to take part by changing our daily consumption habits. The solution is in our hands by carrying out daily actions.

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