Gloria (the WeirdFish Lady) is an author, international speaker
and advocate of the ocean environment.
Hi Everyone !
Now just remember that’s ‘Weird Fish’
Weird Lady …
(Although those who know me well might think differently!)
Click on the hand below to see an
introduction to this website ..
to go diving
‘My love of the sea comes from travelling around the world exploring our planet’s oceans.
Diving with my video camera has brought me face to face with the underwater creatures I talk and write about.
My mission is to help people of all ages understand the amazing world of oceans.’
Here I am on stage trying to convince my audience that sharks are just big pussy cats!
Is that shark smiling at me?
In these strange (Covid 19) times I am not appearing on stage, talking at conferences or entertaining cruise passengers around the world.
I am however, undertaking zoom appearances!
In the past few months I have spoken by zoom to audiences all over the world.
My talks aim to be ‘educational and entertaining’ – in the style of an ‘Insight Lecture’.
My recommended talk lasts for 40-45 minutes and includes original film clips of underwater life but I can adapt my talks to be time/length variable.
There are four elements to my talks.
a) interesting and fun information about oceans and what lives there
b) the serious bit about why we need to keep oceans healthy
c) how everyone can help with education/environment projects for both adults and the younger generation and
d) original underwater film clips from around the world
If you belong to an organisation which is looking for a professional speaker on the subject of ‘Oceans’ then please contact me. (See the contact page).
If you wish to join in with the zoom meeting below – just contact me and I can arrange for you to visit the organisation and hear me speak!
Next zoom talk: Monday 28th September at 12.30pm BST – Rotary Club of Twickenham
What others say:
‘Gloria is a passionate and well-informed champion of marine conservation. She is an ocean adventurer, scuba diver, film maker, scientist and an educator who has recently turned her hand to writing books for children, young and old. Her exciting stories are aimed at helping young people to understand the issues that threaten every one of us, as we all depend on an unpolluted ocean environment.
Many young children in the UK affectionately know her as ‘The Weirdfish Lady’ due to her primary school workshops, assemblies, talks at parent evenings and her published teaching resource material.
Apart from her writing, Gloria has shared her message to a number of interested groups as an international speaker. Her presentations and books are based on her underwater encounters in seas around the world. She has swum with sharks and been attacked by an angry Titan Trigger Fish in the Red Sea, got stung by a jellyfish in Indonesia and fought off a deadly Sea Krait (sea snake) in the waters off the Philippines. She has also amassed an extensive film footage and stories of gentle, strange and amazing sea creatures who live above and below the surface.’
Andrew Lamb M.A, N.P.Q.H (Primary Education Adviser)
Feedback from zoom talks (2020)
Surrey, UK (June 2020)
That was fabulous – thank you so much! All the comments after you left were 100% positive. Your talk made a great impact on members and visitors who joined us for the talk. (Sue)
South Africa (June 2020)
Thanks for a brilliant presentation last evening. My WhatsApp nearly exploded immediately afterwards with appreciation. (Clive)
Melbourne, Australia (July 2020)
Thank you for such a fascinating presentation last Wednesday! The club members I’ve been speaking to since really loved it – as did I of course! (David)
‘Hi – I’m a little Pufferfish called Prickle.
Gloria’s asked me to guide you around this website.
I’d love to help you learn more about the oceans.
This website is fairly new but we will be adding lots of information about oceans every week.’
If you’re looking for resources about Oceans – then go to the Teacher’s page on this website and read all about TARGET BLUE – a project aimed at improving student knowledge of the current marine conservation issues that affect life on their planet.
Do your pupils need to ask a question about Oceans – then go to the ‘contact me button’ and ask. You can get your pupils involved too – and get them to ask questions.
A recent question from an 11 year-old was ‘Are all Sharks Dangerous?’
My answer: –
‘There are over 400 different species of shark in our oceans. Only three are really dangerous to humans – most of them are just pussy-cats! But, be aware of swimming in new areas of the world, ask the locals and if warning flags go up – get out of the water.
Remember, Oceans are the shark’s territory – it’s their home, not ours!
It’s not a human environment.
Avoid Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks and of course, the Great White Sharks.
Please don’t go cage diving with Great Whites – this is only training these incredible creatures to associate food with humans – and can lead to future problems.’
Gloria is always busy. Our exciting news this week is that Book Two of the ‘Lucy Morgan Adventure Series’ – ‘The Secrets of the Shallows’ is now on sale!
All the information is on the BOOKS page. (Click on the BOOKS button at the top of this page)
We presently have four books available to different age groups
to help everyone understand the importance of protecting Planet Earth and its Oceans.
Little people can fall in love with the ocean creatures.
Older children can read about the ocean environment in adventurous stories.
The non-fiction book gives you facts about oceans.
AGE 8 - 12
Lucy moves from London to the Caribbean and discovers incredible marine life in the dangerous world beneath the waves. She begins her mission to save them from harm.
These books are ‘different’ – they are adventure stories with a twist. You can learn real scientific facts and understand more about keeping the oceans healthy, as well as reading a really good adventure.
Book ONE and Book TWO are AVAILABLE NOW !
CLICK ON LEARN MORE BELOW
COMING SOON :
Are you reading the Lucy Morgan Stories … then go to the KIDS PAGE to find out more about Lucy and read her blog !
One hundred and twenty copies of ‘Eye of the Turtle’ books are going to Year 6 Primary School pupils in Kent as leaving presents.
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Chestfield for gifting these to help children understand more about the ocean environment.
… just got to sign them all now!
A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Pontllanfraith in Wales for purchasing twenty-two ‘Eye of the Turtle’ books for local Primary School libraries.
‘helping to educate young people about the ocean environment’
Thanks everyone !
Heroes of the week
Just heard from
the Rotary Club of
following my ‘Ocean World’
zoom last week.
They have just purchased a sample book pack each for
BOOKSTEN primary schools in their area.
Fantastic ! Let’s hope the schools go
on to buy the Ocean World Teacher’s
Resource too and then have
fascinating lessons for 8-12-year-olds
on oceans, as well as exciting reading
Go to the bottom of the BOOKS
page on this website, for details of
special bulk order book prices for schools.
Go to the bottom of the BOOKS page for information on how to buy in bulk for schools.
Did You Know?
Science Stuff …
Here are some interesting facts about Coral Reefs.
The sound you can hear on the video below – is our WeirdFish Lady breathing air from the tank on her back, while she’s filming?
‘Coral Awareness Week’ was 13 July – 19 July 2020
– so here’s some information on coral from the WeirdFish Lady.
FACTS ABOUT CORAL:
- Coral is a marine animal
- Coral Reefs are the most diverse environment on Earth (thousands of different creatures live together in the reef environment)
- Coral Reefs make up 0.25% of the marine environment yet are home to 25% of all species of marine animals
- It is an invertebrate – so it has no backbone
- It is ‘sessile’ – that means it sits in one place and doesn’t chase it’s food like a ‘motile’ creature does
- Each individual coral animal is called a polyp
- Polyps have tentacles which they wave around in the water to catch plankton
- Polyps have a mouth and an anus – in the same place
- Photosynthetic algae live inside the corals and it is the algae which gives the coral its colour
- When the seawater is too hot, the algae leaves the coral – the coral turns white – called ‘bleaching’ – and the coral dies
- The algae and the coral live in a symbiotic relationship – they look after each other
- Corals can reproduce sexually and asexually. Gametes (eggs and sperm) fuse in the water, then when the new polyp falls back down on the coral reef, it glues itself to the coral and clones itself so it becomes a clump of new coral – all looking identical
- The image below on the left shows an amazing soft coral called Acrophora. Each individual white dot is coral polyp
- Corals can be soft or hard – soft corals use water as a hydro-skeleton to hold it upright in the water
- Which is my favourite coral? The acrophora, of course – it is just sooooo beautiful and I just love this snap taken by a good diver friend of mine – whilst Gloria was filming the video below on the right.
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Did You Know??
I’ve just been reading all about sewage – it’s disgusting!
Can you help clean up our Planet??
Learn all about the organisations who are cleaning up the oceans:
Cleaning up plastic from around the world’s beaches – they’ve just celebrated collecting ten million pounds.
Watch some of their videos …. (weight) in trash
Boyan Slat – with his “Ocean Clean Up’ System
a young Dutchman, working far out to sea- picking up plastic in the Pacific
Recent News Stories
(about really ancient history!)
Did you know?
All life started in the oceans, millions of years ago, long before any humans existed.
Incredibly large Sea Scorpions once hunted in the ancient seas around Australia. Some of them were giants compared to humans.
A long time ago in Earth’s history between 500 million and 250 million years ago, animals with exoskeletons (shells on the outside of their bodies – similar to present-day crabs and lobsters) were exploring the seas.
Some of these creatures were the largest animals on Earth at the time.
Fossils have recently been found in Australia, of a giant scorpion-like creature over 2.5 metres long (about the size of a modern great white shark).
Luckily humans didn’t exist at that time – so no-one was swimming around in the sea.
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