Availability, Social Media & Recent Media Appearances

Underwater adventurer PT Hirschfield inspires all who come into contact with her marine life portraits, underwater animal behaviour videos and reflective blog posts, promoting quality of life for all and a deep sense of awe and wonder about the ocean. She welcomes opportunities to review high quality dive experiences and equipment, as well as all media queries. PT is happy to consider invitations to write commissioned articles and to deliver live speaking engagements with an inspirational or educational focus. She is a passionate, articulate and engaging verbal and written communicator. Please direct all queries to:


Pink Tank Scuba Social Media

Facebook,  Instagram,  You Tube  (3 million+ views; video licensing via Storyful or Jukin Media as per individual You Tube video blurbs, or contact Pink Tank Scuba directly if unspecified)

Some of PT’s recent media and live appearances:

Front Cover Images by PT Hirschfield & Monthly Magazine Column, Dive Log Australasia (samples):




20 Feb 2018 Guest Speaker for Marine Care Rickett’s Point Annual General Meeting

PT  gave a most heartfelt and valued talk on both her health battles and her deep love of marine life. The many anecdotal stories on her encounters with sea animals held our members’ full attention, and her love of those creatures was well illustrated by her anthropomorphic view of the behaviours she has so often observed  and filmed. Those of us who,  in particular , dive, are most grateful for her leading role and continuing fight to protect our Port Phillip Bay Rays from unnecessary harm. We all love her!

Raymond Lewis OAM, President MCRP Inc (2008- 2014)


20 May 2017 Guest Speaker for BERG, Mt Martha ~ review by Angela Kirsner, Editor ‘The Creek’ 

“MERMAID IN ACTION! For scuba divers, Port Phillip Bay is up there with the best in the world, according to self-styled ‘real life mermaid’ PT Hirschfield. This ‘obsessive compulsive diver’ (her words!), her stories, her passion, her stunning underwater photography, had her audience riveted when she spoke for BERG MM at Mt Martha House on 20th May. She showed us brilliantly coloured nudibranchs – Sea Slugs – a highlight of diving below Blairgowrie pier. A Tasselled Angler Fish cunningly disguised as seaweed lured its dinner. There were vivid little fish with horns and delicious names – Cow Fish, Goblin Fish, Globe Fish; sea horses and dragons; iridescent squid and cuttlefish; and elegant and beautiful Sting Rays.We watched tens of thousands of spider crabs swarming off Blairgowrie to moult, their newly soft bodies easy pickings for predators. There is safety in numbers – but not for all. We watched PT’s footage of a crab slowly struggling from its shell while a huge Smooth Ray looked on. As the crab finally emerged, the Ray nudged PT gently aside to claim its dinner! Once a ridiculously hard-working teacher and Year 12 coordinator, PT left it all behind when she was diagnosed with advanced endometrial cancer. A daunting program of treatment followed, and palliative radiation began in 2014. Through it all, her delight has been to dive. Only one of her 650 plus dives has been without cancer. She has become a passionate advocate for protection of the marine environment. She told of the cruelty to Sting Rays and Banjo Sharks (AKA Fiddler Rays) by some recreational anglers. Caught on lines, too often they are mutilated, fins and tails cut off, mouths torn, then thrown back alive into the water. PT has set up Project Banjo Action Group, to lobby for action. It is starting to see results. She has also set up a Facebook page for sharing underwater images, a citizen science initiative that helps track what is in Port Phillip. This magical underwater world is right here, PT said, waving towards the Bay, and age is no barrier (this to an audience with a fair sprinkling of ‘oldies’!). PT has dived with all ages, from children to people in their 80s.”



18 June 2017 The Scuba News Featured Diver: PT Hirschfield

April 2017 RACV Magazine: Giant Spider Crabs swarm in Port Phillip Bay

31 Jan 2017  Angry Hungry Amazing Octopus (Viral Video) featured on: CBS, LiveScienceIFL Science, EarthTouchNews, Gizmodo, MSN, Daily Telegraph, Laughing SquidAOL, Thrilllist and many more


19 July 20016 Warrnambool Standard Cancer Inspires Diving Quest (Online News Feature)

13 July 2016 Warrnambool Standard A Dive A Day Keeps the Doctors Away (Online News Feature)

7 Aug 2015 MSN News Stargazer Buries Itself (Online News Feature)

5 Aug 2015 Huffington Post  Ninja Crab Molts and Rolls (Online News Feature) – also Yahoo News, AOL, LiveLeak, Daily Motion, etc

18 July 2015  International Women’s Dive Day, NSW

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6 July 2015  International Business Times Diver With Terminal Cancer Captures Video (Online Feature)

4 July 2015   RRRfm Radio Marinara Live Interview  (16:00-36:30) (Radio Interview)

3 July 2015 Herald Sun ‘Invasion of the Spider Crabs’  Pics 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11  (Image Gallery)

2 July 2015     Mashable Stingray eats Spider Crab like Spaghtetti Marinara (Viral Video Feature)

1 July 2015        9MSN Spider Crab Molts from Shell (Online news feature)

2 May 2015        Focus on the Family Australia  ‘Months to Live’ (Radio Interview)

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22 April 2015     People Magazine Online Scuba Diver Encounters Massive Pile of Spider Crabs  (Feature)

22 April 2015     PADI Video of the Week Spider Crab Pyramid (Online Feature)

20 April 2015    Right this Minute Life Underwater is Amazing (Viral Video Show)

19 April 2015       Unexplained Mysteries Diver Films Huge Pyramid of Spider Crabs (Feature)

18 April 2015       Daily Mail  Victoria Crab Migration Caught on Video (News Feature)

17 April 2015        9MSN Spider Crab Pyramid ( News Feature)

17 April 2015        TripleM Radio Aussie Diver Films Incredible ‘Crab Pyramid’ (Online Feature)

16 April 2015   Spider Crabs Build Big Pyramid (Online Feature)

23 Feb 2015  Lonely Seahorse Seeks Escape (Online Feature)

23 Feb 2015          Daily Kos Cancer as a Wake Up Call (2nd half of extended Essay)

22 Feb 2015          Jukin 301 Great White Shark Tumour Biopsy (2:03-2:46; Viral Video Show)

2 December 2014  Huffington Post Lonely Seahorse Lost in an Invasion (Online Feature)

10 July 2014 PADI Video of the Week Spider Crab Migration (Online Feature)

2012   8th Pakenham National Photography Exhibition – People’s Choice Award


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