Sally is a Zoologist, aspiring documentary maker and shark chaser
Born and raised in West Wales (her parents both doctors of Zoology) Sally spent her childhood sharing the bathroom with Otters, living in the sea and trying to avoid accidentally eating the random insects that occupied most of the family fridge. Somewhat inevitably (despite initial denial) she found herself studying Zoology and Psychology at Bristol University. Here her passion for all things wildlife blossomed as she delved into the world of animal behaviour. Between dissecting frogs and discussing the sex lives of lions, Sally was virtually travelling the world on the student radio waves, surfing and writing about animal camouflage fashion sense.
Hooked on travelling, by the time she left university Sally had kissed a giraffe, presented her own radio show sponsored by Rough Guide travel books, sedated a turtle, gone searching for lions and eaten pig testicle soup in a rural village in Nicaragua. Her passion for the natural world collided with the media when she started working on nature documentaries. She has worked as both a researcher and associate producer on programmes for the BBC, National Geographic and S4C and designed a wildlife App for children.
In 2012, in a bid to befriend the largest shark in the world and somewhat seduced by the Philippine seas, she left her job in production, bought a camera and embarked on a new adventure of her own. Initially working with WWF-Philippines she popped her Whale Shark cherry as a shark researcher, where she also had the privilege of meeting and working with scientists from around the world; this only further sparked her interest in science. In fact it was whilst chasing sharks across the seas, that she met the President of Physalus, a non-governmental organisation specialising in Marine Vertebrates. Two years on and Sally is now part of the small team that helps run Large Marine Vertebrates Project in the Philippines (LAMAVE).
She divides her time between her production work, developing her own film projects, working with rural communities to help them develop sustainably, conducting conservation research and holding her breath underwater for as long as possible to identify Whale Sharks and the occasional Manta Ray.
In 2016, Sally travelled around Canada and the US on the hunt for wildlife discoveries such as black bears. She also organised and filmed Exhibition Shark to discover the untouched waters Tubbataha Reef Natural Park. Recently Sally filmed Undercover Tourist for BBC3, a self shot film exploring travelling dolphin circuses which TX’s in May 2017.