Meet Sina Strähl: A scientific diver on the Great Barrier Reef.


Sina diving in the Philippines

Sina is another one of my wonderful roommates, who currently works as a scientific diver on the Great Barrier Reef. Sina has a passion for marine conservation, which she was inspired to pursue from a young age.

Candy crab by Sina Strähl
Sexy Shrimp by Sina Strähl

She writes: “I saw the change when I was a kid -snorkeling and diving. I saw how everything slowly disappeared.”

“When I think back to 20 years ago, to the places where I saw for the first time full of life, it’s sad to think that now there’s nothing there.”

Sina began underwater videography as a child, and was inspired by her dad who is also an underwater photographer.

“I was driven to marine conservation, where I hope I can make an impact,” she said.

“I think videos say more than pictures. If you’ve never seen an animal before and you see a picture of it you might think, oh yea, it’s beautiful. But if you actually see it moving you realise, it’s life.”

Sina hopes to combine marine science with videography – because we only really know a small percentage of what is actually out there.

“Just because you don’t know about it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. People should pay more attention to what is actually out there -there’s so much that we still don’t know.”

Mantis shrimp by Sina Strähl

There is a lot of good underwater footage out there, but it’s hard to bring to people. And it isn’t an easy gig either -with all of the equipment, lights, and editing skills required. But most importantly, with underwater videography comes an increase in awareness of what lies within the deep blue.

“With underwater videos, you can dive on land!”

One of her favourite things about the deep sea are the small critters unlike any other. In particular, nudibranchs, which look like small aliens.    

“Picturing the underwater macro in my head [is]are like picturing the insects of land -there’s so many different kinds, and because we haven’t destroyed them yet they are still so diverse.”

“What on earth did evolution decide when it made up this creature?”

Phyllodesmium iriomotense nudibranch by Sina Strähl

“Being underwater is like being on another planet. I swear all of the movies about aliens get their inspiration from underwater creatures.”

After finishing her science degree Sina hopes to make a difference in the world step by step -starting with the people she knows and encouraging people to get out there and experience the ocean for themselves.

“I believe that every one of us can achieve something. If you find out what you want to do and do it, you can make a change.”

Check out Sina’s Instagram page for more underwater pictures and videos.

Tiani Dun
Master of Science (Marine Biology) | Archive

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