Gloria (the WeirdFish Lady) is an author, international speaker
and advocate of the ocean environment.

“WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE EVERYONE!”

BREAKING NEWS

Hi Everyone !

Now just remember that’s ‘Weird Fish’

NOT

Weird Lady …

OK !

(Although those who know me well might think differently!)

Napoleon Wrasse

‘Hi – I’m a little Pufferfish called Prickle.

Gloria’s asked me to guide you around this website.

I’m not here just to sell you the books (although that’s very important) – I’m here to help you learn more about OCEANS.

This website is fairly new but we will be adding lots of information about oceans every week.

 

Firstly, let me introduce Gloria …

 

Click  on the hand below to see her fun introduction to this website ..

Click below

here to go diving

with Gloria in the Red Sea in Eygpt. 

This is a wreck of a ship that sank in 1874. See if you can see any metal bits between all the coral that has since grown on the ship.

Gloria says

‘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.’

What do you know about oceans?

Let’s start by thinking about this BIG Question …

Why do we need healthy oceans?

The BIG Question! 

Why do we need healthy oceans?

because

•Oceans supply 80% of our world’s oxygen

•Oceans are the source of all fresh water*

•Oceans are home to millions of species of incredible animals

•Without healthy oceans life on Earth would not exist

It is essential that everyone learns about the importance of Earth’s oceans

*The Water Cycle

All fresh water begins with the oceans and returns to the oceans.

  1. water vapour gets evaporated from the oceans by the heat of the Sun

  2. the water vapour condenses to form clouds which are pushed around in the atmosphere by the wind

  3. when the clouds have to go upwards to go over high mountains, the water vapour gets cold and forms droplets of rain

  4. rain falls on land and becomes surface water heading back down the rivers to the sea, or being stored deep in the Earth where springs eventually bring the water back to the surface of the land 

  5. Once  the water has travelled back to the oceans –  the water cycle starts all over again 

Gloria is a Speaker.

Her subject is ‘Ocean World’

Why not read about what she does and then book her to speak to your organisation by zoom.

Gloria is available for School Visits, Club Meetings and Conferences – all by ZOOM. 

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 to conferences  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 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 a zoom meeting below – just contact me and I can arrange for you to visit the organisation and hear what I have to say!

 Next zoom talks: 

Tuesday 19th November  at 7.30 pm – Rotary Club  Walton on Thames

 

 

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)

Gloria works with an experienced team of professional educators at an organisation called

‘Footprint to the Future’

The team aims to provide teaching resources to help educate young people about planet Earth and its oceans.

Teachers

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. 

Teachers  

Do your pupils need to ask a question about Oceans – then go to the ‘get in touch button’ and ask. 

A recent question from an 11 year-old was ‘Are all Sharks Dangerous?’

Gloria’s 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 about any water safety issues and if warning flags go up – get out of the water.

Remember, Oceans are not a human environment.  

It’s the shark’s territory. It’s their home, not ours!

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.’

  Our latest exciting news is that Book Three of the ‘Lucy Morgan Adventure Series – THE HIDDEN CAVE’ is now on sale! 

All the information is on the BOOKS page. (Click on the BOOKS button at the top of this page)

I’ve  Gloria is also writing a book about me  – ‘Prickle the Puffer Fish’ –  at the moment, but hold on to your excitement –  we already have some other books published that you could read right now. 

We now have FIVE 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. 

 

FISHY TALES STORYBOOKS

AGE 3 - 6

The Fishy Tales series are written for parents to read to younger children or for children starting to read for themselves.

AVAILABLE NOW !

CLICK ON LEARN MORE BELOW

LUCY'S ADVENTURES

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

NON-FICTION ADULTS

AGE 10 - 110

This guide to our planet’s oceans, explains in accessible terms our fascinating underwater world.       A non-fiction book for home or school

AVAILABLE NOW !

CLICK ON LEARN MORE BELOW

Rotary Clubs around the UK are becoming ‘Gloria’s Heroes’ for the work they are now doing with Primary School children. 

Rotary Clubs are gifting educational resources to teachers and books to schools – all about the Ocean Environment. 

 

Breaking News

One hundred and twenty copies of ‘Eye of the Turtle’ books were given to Year 6 Primary School pupils in Kent as leaving presents.

(July 2020) 

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Chestfield.

You are heroes!

for gifting these to help children understand more about the ocean environment.

…  signing them all took a while!

Heroes

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 on my list

 Rotary Club of

Lunesdale

Following my  ‘Ocean World’

zoom last week they have just purchased a sample book pack for each of the 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

matter.

Go to the bottom of the BOOKS

page on this website, for details of

special bulk order book prices for schools.

New Heroes on the block!

A BIG thank you goes to the

Rotary Club of Sidcup

for purchasing sample book packs and an Ocean World Teachers Resource for a local school.  This is a double whammy – as  Teachers get a valuable resource and children get exciting stories to read. 

More Heroic Deeds!

RC of Chelwood Bridge

have ordered copies of every resource we have published – they’re now making their decisions on how they are going to use these resources to help their local Primary Schools. 

Great work in Somerset.

 Thanks, everyone.

   

Reminder

  Special prices are available for bulk orders for schools  and organisations such as Rotary Clubs, Scouts and Girl Guides

Information is at the bottom of the

BOOKS page on this website.

‘Get in touch’ with our team by email (see the button at the top of this page) for individual bulk order requirements. We’re happy to help.

 

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??

If you want to know more about the sewage problem and do a quiz too – then go to

Surfers Against Sewage

www.sas.org.uk

or contact them at info@sas.org.uk

Learn all about the organisations who are cleaning up the oceans: 

4 Ocean

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

 

and

Boyan Slat – with his “Ocean Clean Up’ System

a young Dutchman, working far out to sea- picking up plastic  in the Pacific 

A Message from Greenpeace

about

SUPERTRAWLERS

Activists recently stopped a supertrawler from fishing in a UK Marine Protected Area. Climbers boarded the ship and dropped a banner reading “Ban supertrawlers now”, forcing this giant vessel to stop fishing in the protected area. But this was only a temporary solution. To stop destructive fishing in our protected waters for good, we need the government to take action.

Greenpeace investigations have shown that supertrawlers, like the one stopped by their activists, were fishing in UK ‘protected’ areas for a total of 2963 hours in 2019 – the equivalent of four months. And a recent investigation has shown that supertrawler activity in our protected waters has almost doubled this year compared to last – and the year’s not over yet! 

The government is failing to properly protect these ecologically important marine areas.  It’s obvious – supertrawlers, which catch hundreds of tonnes of fish every day with nets up to a mile long, shouldn’t be fishing anywhere near our waters. And yet the government still hasn’t banned them from these protected waters.  

Make your voice heard – sign a petition to the government!

More information at www.greenpeace.org.uk

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. 

New News is Old News !

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.

Want to read more then go to:

https://www.sciencealert.com/massive-scorpions-some-larger-than-humans-once-swum-australia-s-prehistoric-waters