Fueled by his passion for travel and adventure, Rory studied foreign languages at the University of Manchester, which led to him living and working abroad in Egypt, Spain, and Argentina. While traveling overseas Rory got involved in a research program surveying coral reefs in Tobago, in the Caribbean. This introduction to the world of marine research and diving had a profound impact on his life.Returning to his hometown London to work in digital media, it wasn’t long before Rory yearned to be back in the ocean. Thanks to a stroke of luck and an inspirational quote from JFK, he soon quit office life to pursue his dream job of working with great sharks in Australia.
Since moving to Australia he has been conducting expeditions out to the Neptune Islands in the wild Southern Ocean, helping photographers, documentary makers and researchers record and study great white sharks. Rory has spent countless hours in the water observing these awesome predators, getting closer than most people would wish to be, collecting data, and assisting in tagging projects. Currently undertaking postgraduate studies in protected area management at James Cook University, Rory is now conducting research into shark deterrents and protection measures.