Who is PT?

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Underwater Adventurer PT Hirschfield inspires all who come into contact with her award winning marine life portraits, underwater animal behaviour videos, reflective blog posts and public speaking engagements. Her work promotes quality of life for all and a deep sense of awe and wonder about the ocean. PT welcomes opportunities to review high quality dive experiences and equipment as well as all media queries. She is happy to consider invitations to write commissioned articles and to deliver live speaking engagements with an inspirational and educational focus. She is a passionate, articulate and engaging verbal and written communicator who has a proven ability to connect with audiences of all ages. PT’s images have been recognised in various international photography competitions, including two first place category entries plus the Grand Prize of the Australasian Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 competition of the Australasian International Dive Expo. Please direct all queries to: pinktankscuba@gmail.com

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Dear Critters,

I’m a real-life mermaid, writer, underwater photographer and videographer and public speaker. According to everyone who knows me, I have a serious case of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Diving), having done over 1000 scuba dives. According to my oncologist, I also have terminal recurrent endometrial cancer (you can read more about this in posts throughout this blog e.g. HERE). But as far as I know, everyone is going to die sometime (I just don’t have the luxury of denial). So we may as well all make the most out of the days we have rather than lament the ones we don’t, right?

I live in Melbourne, Australia and usually dive on the Mornington Peninsula which makes me feel fully alive! I also love to dive in places like the Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, the Maldives and the Philippines whenever I get the chance.

I have crossed Great Whites ,  Tiger Sharks  , hammerheads and whale sharks off my Bucket List. But I am still desperate to dive with whales, basking sharks and the elusive blanket octopus. I am a qualified Master Diver with specialist training in Underwater Photography, Wreck Diving, Nitrox and Rescue. I also have a certification in Underwater Navigation, but following me underwater would be a huge mistake!

The purpose of this blog is to share the ocean with you and to remind all the critters that read my posts that we ALL have a role to play in keeping the ocean safe and healthy for the well-being of the planet that we must be advocates and custodians of. I also want to encourage you to stay positive and grateful no matter what you may go through in life.  And yes, I most certainly DO dive with a pink tank 😉

Please go to the HOME page of this blog and click on any of the tiles to access the videos, images and stories of my ‘Scuba Vs Tumour’ underwater adventures. I look forward to sharing the ocean with you!

Love and Bubbles,

PT xxx

 

Guest Speaking Appearances & Testimonials

 

2 Dec 2018 Guest Speaker for Mt Martha Yacht Club Official Opening Day for Season 2018-2019 ~ review by Lisa Gould

PT Hirschfield gave a very informative presentation about the sea life that inhabits the bay, the rare species that she has encountered and the strange occurrences that happen “under our boats”. We were entertained by  a  video that showed Spider Crabs shedding their shells for far as the eye could see, photos of cute (as PT calls them) sea slugs and nudibranchs and award winning photos of seahorses.  I’m sure I am not the only one who has been educated in regards to just how many critters are out there in our wonderful bay. PT’s enthusiasm in regards to the wildlife was contagious and I’m sure that everyone enjoyed her informative presentation. PT stayed afterwards to answer any questions that our member had and was kept busy for a good few hours of her own time. Thanks once again PT – your presentation was excellent.

 

13 Sept 2018 Guest Speaker for Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Care Group 

 

18 June 2018 Guest Speaker for Rosebud CWA (Country Women’s Association) AGM

 

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.”

 

124 thoughts on “Who is PT?

    • Wow, letkidsbekids2013 – sounds like you’ve seen more of Australia and had more adventures here than I have! Melbourne is just the best city – I absolutely love it! Thanks so much for dropping by pinktankscuba 🙂

      • Hi PT
        I was watching your video re the courting seahorses.
        There was a pink/red algae there that looked similar to one in my tank that I have been fighting against with not much success.
        I wonder if you know what it is and if there are any known consumers of it.
        Will be most grateful for a reply
        Thanks
        Tony

      • Hi Tony, tanks for watching the video. So sorry I don’t have any information at all about the pink/red algae 😦 Best fishes, PT 🙂

    • Tank you, Christine. We are all courageous, no matter which path we take. Once we realise that we are bigger than this illness, we have the potential to conquer it. We must not let it overshadow our bliss. The battle is won or lost in the mind – Rise Above! Blessings for you on your journey. Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • Tank you so much, warriorbynature. Life is to be lived vigorously. I have been to the lowest point when I could not imagine living fully again. But we fight with all we have and we rise above into newer, fuller life, filled with abundant bliss. The battle is won or lost in the mind – time to celebrate some victory! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • Tank you so much for your lovely feedback, Jane! Let’s be well together 🙂 So much strength comes from walking the journey of life alongside others who are navigating similar challenges. May health and abundant blessings be yours 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  1. Many, many thanks for your follow of Tide Line Still Life. I am delighted to be introduced to your site, as I am also a scuba enthusiast. I hope my photos continue to delight you. Best, Maggie

    • Dear Maggie, I find your photographs so delicious! May joy and blessings abound as you continue to show how you see the world to those with hearts ready to receive 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  2. What an amazing vibrant happy personality! Great blog you have there from what have seen so far?
    Just wanted to thank you for fololwing and taking the time to visit. Heres to many others?
    Kind Regards
    Love and Peas
    Bob

    • Tank you so much for taking the time to visit, Bob Mills – I enjoyed your blog too! Love and peas and bubbles, PT 😀

    • Tanks for visiting my blog too, myipadography – I really love the concept of your blog – nice work! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  3. Ah! A fellow diver. I have been accused of showing too many fish. But every time out is an adventure. Sorry to hear about the health issues. I dive the Red Sea and hope this weekend will not disappoint.

    • Tank you for visiting, Victor! There is no such thing as too many fish 🙂 Every dive is bliss and helps me to recover my health. I am a little jealous that you get to dive in the Red Sea – I have a book about it and it is on my Bucket List to do that one day! Happy diving! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  4. AnElephantCant think of anything clever to say
    This happens time after time
    But he wants you to know
    That he likes you and so
    He says hello with this silly rhyme

    And he thinks it is cool to be pink!

    • You are a very clever elephant! Tank you for your poem – pink is definitely lovely and cool! Tank you for your special visit! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • Awesome video, Loca Gringa – tanks so much! Will share to my fb page now 🙂 Hope you are still healing well 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

      • Great news, Loca Gringa – after having surgery wounds that wouldn’t heal for 5 months, I know that terror. Happy healing, friend – sounds like you’re almost there xxx

      • Yea :/ we forget that with all the medical advances that the body itself is still in charge. This not healing stuff, well that’s total crap. Makes you wonder a lot about medicine and how inefficient it still really is 😦

  5. I hope that the combination of the necessary medical intervention combined with the wonderful therapy offered by scuba diving builds strength and healing in you. It’s great to connect with your site and its just made me want to scuba dive in Australia even more – I am a frustrated scuba diver whom needs money and time to get her out on the water!!!!

    • Tank you for connecting, janstring. Australia doesn’t offer easy diving, but it’s usually rewarding 🙂 I hope you get to dive here some day and get all the ocean therapy you need too 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  6. Hey PT!

    Came across this blog anf found it fascinating. A really profound story – and I respect your resolve to fight this horrible disease.

    It would be an honor to share your story on diveadvisor.com/sub2o – I am sure more divers would be very much interested in hearing your story 🙂

    Happy diving!
    Timur

    • Hi Timur 🙂 Tanks so much for your interest in my story. I appreciate your feedback and kind words of encouragement. I am more than happy for you to share my story on your website. Please contact me at pinktankscuba@gmail.com for anything you may require. Happy diving to you also! Love and bubbles, PT 🙂

  7. PT – thanks so much for your visit and your like on Tide Line Still Life today. I, too, am a diver. Your encounter with the octopus was truly remarkable … the mystery and joy of such an encounter cannot be understated. Looking into the eye of an octopus in his world is one of the most extraordinary experiences a human can ever have, isn’t it? Your video is beautiful!
    Please visit again. It is wonderful how small the world becomes with blogs. Best, Maggie

    • Tank you so much for your kind words, Maggie. I feel so incredibly blessed every time I have the opportunity to interact with an octopus – they are just so incredibly intelligent and aware of what’s happening – intuitive, maybe? I love the way they speak to me 🙂 May your blog abound with lovely visitors today. Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  8. Thank-you for dropping by my site today and liking my Sunsets. Sometimes the world is a strange place as today my brother is having half his liver removed as he fights the cancer that has now spread there. His courage like yours is inspirational. Your images of each of earth’s magical creatures captures the soul of every living being. I wish you continued strength and courage and want you to know that visitng your site today has helped me. You are inspiring.
    Jim

    • Tank you so much for all of your kind and encouraging words, James. Your sunsets are beautiful 🙂 I am sorry to learn of your brother’s challenges and my prayers are with him and you for his surgery today. It takes strength to face this journey, but there is much strength to be gathered along the way and much of that comes from our loved ones who support us through it all. Blessings and peace for today and all the days ahead. Love and bubbles, PT 🙂

    • Tank you so much for your kind words and for the privilege of this award nomination for the Liebster Award, Ellen & Seth! I feel truly honoured to be included in your list of boating blogs 🙂 🙂 🙂 Here are my answers to your questions. Love and bubbles, PT xxx

      1. What has been your favorite moment on (or in) the water so far?

      Wow – only one? So hard to choose 🙂 My most recent favourite moment was earlier this month being given an awesome position to film a large group of sharks feeding in the Coral Sea. I was positioned on a coral seat only 3 metres away from the main action, though many sharks moved much closer to me and my camera which was very exciting. One accidentally body swiped me on the thigh and nearly sent me flying from my coral perch. That was pretty fantastic. (The video from that shark feeding dive is posted on my blog for anyone who may be interested to see it! 🙂 )

      2. What brought you diving in the first place?

      My beloved dad Kirby sent Spunky Abe and I on a vacation many years ago to Magnetic Island in QLD Australia. We took a boat ride out to the Great Barrier Reef and were allowed to do a Discover Scuba Dive lesson on the boat. Unfortunately, Abe missed the lesson due to seasickness, so I did the dive on my own while he snorkelled above. A decade later, Spunky Abe and I went to Vanuatu to help me recover from doing my Masters degree over 12 months while continuing to work full-time in 2010. I was so excited to have another opportunity to share diving with Abe that we signed up to do our Open Water certification. Shortly after we returned home, I was diagnosed with cancer for the first time which knocked me out of the water for 10 months (but that’s another story … 🙂 )

      3. What is your biggest passion outside of diving?

      My biggest passion outside of diving is sharing my dive photos and videos with those who can’t dive for themselves. I love helping people to experience that amazing underwater world vicariously and to further their understanding and appreciation of all that lies beneath the surface. Even the actions and attitudes of who don’t dive have a direct impact on the health and well-being of the ocean which covers 75% of our planet and is so vital to its overall state. I love sharing what I see and hearing how others develop new perspectives on creatures like sharks, sea snakes and sea jellies that they might otherwise have held unfounded fears and misconceptions about 🙂

      4. What is your favorite book and why?

      I adore the book ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint Exupery, which is essentially a children’s book for adults. It’s endearing and profound. Like the work I try to achieve through my writing, images and films, this book helps everyone to see so many aspects of their own lives from a different perspective. The character I identify with the most is the Little Fox, and my best friend calls me LF, while I call him LP (which obviously stands for Little Prince). The two characters have a very unique friendship in the story which is a lovely and fitting reflection of our own 🙂

      5. What has been your most difficult/challenging moment out on (or in) the water?

      I had one nightmarish dive several years ago as a fairly new diver at a site called Kitty Miller Point at Philip Island in Victoria Australia. Access to any water depth was difficult over many slippery rocks, conditions underwater were like being inside a front loading washing machine, my buddy made their way back to shore and left me in the ocean by myself about a kilometre out, I surfaced several times and was violently ill. I was exhausted from trying to swim against strong current, so I surrendered to the large waves that were pounding me towards some rather dangerous rocks, clambered up onto one with my heavy dive gear and just sat there miserable until my buddy came by foot to rescue me. It obviously wasn’t fun, but every tough experience in life teaches you lessons that make you stronger. I momentarily vowed that I would never dive again, but since then I’ve always said that a bad minute under water beats a good year on land, and I’ve taken the trauma of that experience forward with me to make me a stronger, wiser diver.

      Tanks so much Ellen and Seth for this award nomination. I really enjoyed answering your questions. Keep smiling, boating and writing! Much love and many bubbles, PT xxx

      • These are amazing answers!! Thank you so much!

        I love how no. 1 and 3 tie together so well, and I really appreciate your drive to share your incredible underwater experiences with those who can’t be there too 🙂 I’ve always thought those who’ve never gotten a chance to hike in the wilderness necessarily can’t be as passionate about conservation, and that’s doubly true of the ocean which is so mysterious and “empty” to so many people. It’s wonderful how easily that can change, though—I remember being really frightened of my first manta ray when he nearly bumped me, and just because I didn’t know they were filter feeders!!

        Your story about the surge/current/rocks off Philip Island sounds awful!! I’m so glad it didn’t end up putting you off diving forever—I think that would be a very natural reaction! You have such a fantastic attitude–it’s an inspiration 🙂

        Thanks again for your thoughtful answers, and looking forward to re-watching your shark video 🙂
        xoxo
        Ellen

        P.S. I’m going to pick up The Little Prince again—I’d completely forgotten that book and look forward to re-reading it! Wonderful choice 🙂

      • Tanks for your comments, Ellen & Seth. I am extremely jealous that you were bumped by a manta ray – I am planning to have my very first ever manta encounter later this month – I absolutely cannot wait!!! I hope you enjoy re-reading The Little Prince – I read it every year for at least 10 years and the experience and what I got from it was completely different every time – so profound! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

      • Thanks! The mantas were amazing once I relaxed and realized what gentle giants they are. It makes me so sad that they’re being poached for their gill rakers, just like sharks for their fins. They’re one of my favorite animals. Where are you headed for your manta dive? Can’t wait to read/view your post about it!

  9. PT! You are amazing! And your underwater photography is phenomenal! Love the pink tank.

    Being a daughter of a breast cancer survivor, as well as a wanna be photographer, and someday scuba diver…LOL… I so ❤ your blog! Look forward to reading many, many more!!

    • Tank you so much for your kind and encouraging words, inxplicablethings 🙂 I so hope you get the opportunity to dive (and maybe take your camera underwater?) sooner rather than later – the underwater world is just so incredible to explore! I wish I could get back all the years I spent on land and spend them all underwater 🙂 There is nothing more liberating and life enriching than the feeling of gliding like an awed explorer beneath the surface. I’m so pleased to hear that your mother is a survivor. Each of us has their own unique journey and challenges, but having been on a journey gives us empathy that connects us and inspires us to keep moving forward 🙂 Blessings for your journey today – tank you for dropping by to make my day an even more special one! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  10. You are inspiring. I’m not sure if you heard of this quote, but I thought of it as I read through your post
    “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always ourselves we find in the sea.” E.E. Cummings.
    Take care, and keep rocking at life. Sending you my best wishes! ❤

    • Tank you so much, lotusheart – what a gorgeous quote – I absolutely love it! Hope your days ahead are filled with bliss 😃😃😃 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  11. I know this will sound weird, but what turned my wife’s cancer around was baking soda… and never in a million years would I believe that… but she did baking soda mixed with honey (black strap molasses at first because she didn’t want the sugar) 1tsp of each, stirred together, then “glomp” it down.. once a day, then twice a day then three times a day for 15 days. the idea is to raise your ph to 8.0 and keep it there for an extended time. also take milk thistle twice a day as the baking soda can tweak your liver. along with being a raw vegan and organic, that seemed to help turn it around.. she was stage IV as well… give it a shot, can’t hurt and might help.

    Thanks for sharing your blog and live it up!!!! get busy living or get busy dying… and it looks like you picked LIVING! wooo HOOOO

    Erick and Lynda Carpenter

    • Tanks so much for that information – it doesn’t sound weird at all, Erick, and I’m so glad that Lynda was able to reclaim her health in this way! 🙂 Do you mind if I ask what kind of cancer she had, how long it took her to achieve this result and how long has she been cancer free? I recently tried raw vegan but unfortunately it resulted in a new health problem for me, but I’ve always been very interested in trying new holistic ways of trying to manage my condition. I really appreciate your encouragement and your willingness to share some new strategies for me to try. Love and bubbles, with long life and good health to you both, PT xxx

  12. Lynda had stage IV breast cancer ERPR positive. She has been clear for about 2 or so years, and she has been asymptomatic for a long time. but her last bout with it was 2 years ago with a single strand of cancer found in her intestine. (it had originally spread to the bone). we had a PET scan that showed about 3-4 spots on her spine and shoulder. we were at a loss as we had done everything holistically that we could think of including her becoming a vegan. I had read a story about baking soda years ago but blew it off thinking it was BS… so we tried it. I think she did that for about a month at 3tsp a day (she had to work up to that using black strap molasses) she also does ZERO sugar, no fruits, no processed sugar of any kind. anyhow a few months later we went back for a 2nd PET scan and 2 of the spots were gone, the other 2 or 3 were dramatically faded. so we stuck with doing baking soda therapy every 3 months. She also does a boatload of supplements. Her email is Lynda@carpenter.net and maybe you two should chat a bit… might give you some ideas…

    now get out there and blow some bubbles (we are divers as well)

    Erick and Lynda

    • That’s awesome and something I haven’t tried yet. Tank you both so much for this information – may I ask where you live? None of the natural protocols I used worked for me, but I’m definitely encouraged to look into this one further. I’m really excited for Lynda’s success and so encouraged that even though some holistic measures have not been effective, there is always something else to try. Tank you for giving me encouragement and hope. Bless you both and hope you are finding lots of opportunities for ocean therapy too! 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  13. we are in Grand Junction, Colorado, oh, and one of the other things she contributes to her health.. no sugar. of any kind. not processed, not honey, not fruits… she cut it out completely… and we attribute that to if nothing else, a very slow growing cancer. and what works for one person may or may not work for the other. A book she is following pretty hard is “radical remissions” a doc did research on people who had late stage cancer then suddenly were in remission or outright cured. found there were 9 things in common. would be a good read for you. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062268759/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=43475325050&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16994472951967066092&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_4tnwj2l6yv_e

    might be worth the read.

    Erick and Lynda

    • Tank you so much – will order the book today! 🙂 I’m 98% vegan and struggling to get my head around no fruit (maybe 30% of everything I eat is fruit!) so will be really interested to learn how to be a fruitless vegan 🙂 You’ve been so helpful – I genuinely appreciate it and will follow the leads you’ve given me – many tanks! PT xxx

    • Tanks so much for visiting, Kendra! I really hope you get to try diving one day – it’s truly amazing and you will probably never look back! Wishing you a lifetime of underwater adventures soon! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  14. What an inspiration! I cannot begin to understand the entirety of your journey but from the glimpses here, it is amazing. It is fantastic that you are sharing so bravely. For the record, you have always been inspiring. In fact when you were my teacher, you took the time to encourage me and help me believe in myself even when I couldn’t see any value in myself. I tell all my friends about the one teacher who changed my schooling and therefore impacted my life! Thank you for being awesome!

    • Hello Nate W! That’s just about the nicest message anybody ever sent me! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Tank you so much for your deeply encouraging words. Every teacher lives in hope that what they do will somehow touch the lives of their students in a way that goes beyond correct apostrophe use 😉 Now that I’m moving into the next stage of my life which does not involve teaching in a school, I am truly humbled and inspired by your kind words and I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to encourage you in the way that you have been kind enough to mention. I’ve always been motivated by wanting to help people believe in themselves and support them in recognising and rising to their full potential, and often as teachers we have no way of knowing whether we have truly achieved that aim in the long term. It is so heart-warming and life affirming when we hear from our past students again and learn that a few small words along the way have managed to have a positive and lasting impact 🙂 I had a look at your website and am so proud of you and all you have achieved, and for the kind, articulate, caring person you have become. It was a sincere pleasure to teach you all those years ago and an absolute thrill to see the amazing adult you have become. Tank YOU for being awesome and for giving me such a blissful start to the year with your words above. Every blessing on your life for the year ahead, PT xxx

  15. As usual, I am slow to arrive at the party, seeing all of the visitors who’ve come here earlier, but I’m nonetheless here to vicariously delight in all that you have to share with us and cheer you on in your living/diving life to the fullest! I’ve never dived—never even snorkeled yet!—but have always been thrilled by water and sea creatures and been glad I was born a coastal girl (near Seattle). For now, I’m landlocked in north Texas and longing for the oceans again, nothing like being the marine biologist I once fantasized about being. So I’m pretty much guaranteed to love watching all of the places you go, things you do, and beauties you share here. Thanks for that.

    May every moment bring you new joys!!!
    xo,
    Kathryn

    • Hi kathryningrid, tank you so much for visiting and for your very kind words. I truly love sharing my underwater adventures with those who have not yet had the opportunity to experience the delights of the ocean for themselves. I too dreamed of being a marine biologist as a child, so I guess in some ways this is as close as I will get and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to immerse myself in the mysterious watery world as often as I do 🙂 I hope you enjoy the past and future posts you will find on my blog and that they take you on many adventures along with me. Tank you for coming along for the ride! Blessings on your journey today 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  16. Thank you for stopping by and following our blog Genis’s Fat Dog Diary. Genis and I both enjoyed your photos and videos tremendously. We admire your strength and zest for living – in fact, I think you already packed a lot more living into your young life than many people who get to live until a very old age. You truly are an inspiration. Our very best wishes to you.

    • Tank you so much for your kind words, HesterLeyNel 🙂 I draw so much inspiration and strength from people like yourself who are kind enough to take the time to encourage me 🙂 I am so glad you enjoyed some of my underwater photos and videos and I look forward to sharing many more over the coming weeks and months. Blessings for your journey and best wishes for your blog, PT xxx

  17. Hello, as part of my one year blog anniversary celebrations, Maria Brinkley from the blog Maria Brinkley Artist, recommended your blog to me.

    I’m certainly glad she recommend I visit your blog because I will now be a follower of your blog as well and look forward to looking at your photos of your adventures from under the sea.

    With best wishes to you,
    Hugh

    • Tank you so much for your kind words, Hugh, and congratulations on your one year blog anniversary (mine will be coming up in May!) Maria Brinkley is just awesome and I look forward to seeing more from both of your blogs 🙂 I’ve popped into your blog and loved what I’ve seen and read so far – fantastic, accessible writing style, and anyone who visits my blog should take the time to visit yours as well. Really enjoyable – keep up the awesome writing! Wishing you a brilliant Year 2 of hughsviewsandnews.wordpress.com May all of your wildest fishes come true! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • ps And tank you so much for listing Pink Tank Scuba as an inspirational blogger – your blog is very inspirational too! *blog hugs*

      • Thank you so much, PT. I hope you’ll come pay my blog a visit every so often and I’m looking forward to reading your posts and seeing all those photos and video of your undersea adventures.
        Happy Blogging.
        Best wishes,
        Hugh

  18. So, here’s a message from Türkiye to say “thank you” PT. I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Your honesty to just get on grab what you can out of life is the sort of view I’ve always tried to aspire to. I gave up diving after my right ear decided it wasn’t gonna play ball 😦 but will have a look through your adventures. Thanks for sharing your view of the world. Respect (as the younger generation would say, lol).

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended 🙂

    Hope you have a great day…

    SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

    • Tank you so much for your kind words, Spike, and for all of the interesting work you are doing through your blog – I love seeing what other people are doing in their blogs and I really enjoy the photos and travel tales 🙂 I am a bit jealous of your fruit farm as I have 23 baby fruit trees and can’t wait for them all to be bearing much fruit! Hope your week is treating you well – may your trees and your blog bear much fruit! Best fishes, PT 😀

  19. hi PTD, sorry to say, I came across one of your videos by accident. I am sorry to have missed you with the cuttlefish, unless you are still over here.

    Anyway, I – OzDiverDown (youtube) would have loved to have caught up for a dive or two.

    I have to sort out a motor on my boat, one is playing up, but if you can make it back over to SA in the near future, let me know. Would love to take you across investigator straight to the North Coast of Kangaroo Island. or one of my expedition sites, weather permitting.

    • Hey Steve, sorry we missed you also (we were only in SA for 2 days – 1 at Whyalla and 1 at Edithburgh Jetty on the way back to Melbourne). That said, I would love to try to get back to SA for some more diving and Kangaroo Island is definitely on my list of places I would love to dive 🙂 Tank you so much for your kind offer – if we manage to get back to SA this year, we will definitely let you know 🙂 Had a look at a few of your You Tube videos (awesome work!) and have now subscribed to your channel 🙂 Best fishes, PT 😀

  20. Hi PT,
    Thanks for taking the time to point out the angler fish at Blairgowrie on Monday, it was a real thrill and a tick off the list of things to see.
    Loving your web site, my daughter and I have watched almost all your videos.
    All the very best:)

    • Hey Mike! It was a total thrill to be able to show you guys the angler on Monday – they are such special critters! 😀 So glad you’re enjoying the videos – hope you like the latest one that I just uploaded of a spider crab moulting then being eaten by a smooth ray (taken at Blair yesterday!) Please stay in touch (hopefully we get another chance to dive together soon!) Best fishes, PT 😀

    • Tanks so much for your kind words, Scott 🙂 If I am ever in Sydney again, I’m looking forward to taking you up on that dive offer 🙂 Best fishes, PT 🙂

  21. stumbled unto your diveblog and truly inspired by your strength! The ocean is soooooo vast and yet so little time to dive it all eh? Please get to Raja Ampat/ Komodo/ Cenderawasih on your dive list too because they are just too awesome!

    • Tanks so much zaza – The ocean is definitely vast and most of my time is dedicated to unlocking more of its unfathomable mysteries! Best fishes and hope you enjoy more of my adventures as they unfold, PT 🙂

  22. Dear PT, you are just amazing, an inspiration to those in full health yet not living out their destiny. I hope you get to see the whalesharks soon, they are amazing. I saw them in 2004, it was one of my life’s best experiences.

    • Tank you so much for your kind words Nigella 🙂 I look forward to having a similar gobsmacking experience with some beautiful whale sharks someday 😀 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  23. Hi PT,

    I dived with you in Fiji (you gave me green tea, it was delicious, thank you!). Found your card, got excited, but no shark video 😦

    I hope everything is ok and I look forward to seeing more of your stuff.

    • Hi there – I remember you! I have not yet posted the shark video on the blog but it is on my Pink Tank Scuba FB page 🙂 Merry Christmas and many more wonderful dives to you 🙂

  24. PT, if you are still struggling, happy to send you info on what my wife used for stage iv breast cancer.. it is a bit odd, but it worked for her… she is NED at this point (no evidence of disease) without chemo or radiation… happy to share if you are interested.

    Erick Carpenter
    Erick@carpenter.net

  25. Hi PT,
    Have to say, great photos on your site, well done!
    I do share the same obsession and love to spend time underwater with my video gear, exploring this beautiful world 🙂 Just quick question regarding the Spider Migration in Rye Pier (or any other place?). What is typically the season to see this migration? Would love to film it!
    Cheers,
    Peter

  26. Hello, Ma’am!

    Amazing photography! Have you looked into trying RSO (Rick Simpson’s Oil) for your cancer? It is a product derived from the cannabis plant, and I can tell you that I have met several people with inoperable, metastasized, or “terminal” cancer who have been amazingly rendered cancer free. The activity of cannabinoids against cancer was first mentioned in the literature in 1974, here in the US, anyway. I urge you to look into it, as the side effects are minimal to nonexistent, and it will not interfere with any other treatments that you may choose. For best info, write or call “The First Church of Cannabis,” located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and speak with Granny J, one of our ministers. Tell her that Eve sent you…
    Good luck!
    Eve
    Eve B. Shaw, DVM, MS

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