On various trips you shall meet famous people on board of the Pindito. We’re proud to have the following underwater photographers and videographers as well as scientist on board on below mentioned turns.
Benjamin Kahn Whale & Dolphin expert
Benjamin Kahn is a marine ecologist specializing in whales and dolphins. He has lived in Indonesia for many years and knows the waters around the archipelago very well. Benjamin is the Director of APEX Environmental, an organisation which is actively involved in many marine science projects to better understand and protect the underwater world, with a special focus on the deep-sea habitats and oceanic ecosystem of the Coral Triangle. One of Benjamin's main research interest are the Indo-Pacific migratory corridors of east Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands; and the importance of these narrow yet deep passages for large migratory marine life such as Blue and Sperm whales. He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Committee - Cetacean Specialist Group and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.
In addition to constant visual watches from the upper deck, Benjamin also uses hydrophones to locate the whales and dolphins by picking up their unique sounds. The crew is organized into "observation teams" and are also keeping an eye on the water surface. Benjamin knows the areas which are preferred by the large whales and his long experience and a trained eye do the rest.
Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock Photographers & producer of Marine Life books
Besides each other, the greatest passions in their life are discovering the wonders of the marine world, seeking out indigenous people and their art, and photographing and writing about their adventures. They've been lured across the globe by the opportunity to be the first photojournalists to reveal the mysteries of our planet's most remote underwater realms.
Over the years they have documented the longest underwater cave in Mexico and stalked sea snakes in Borneo; they have dived with schools of hammerhead sharks and been chased by Komodo Dragons. For the past three years they've been working in Indonesia, specifically Raja Ampat, charting new sites and consulting with „Conservation International” about sustainable marine tourism. They produced for CI the books „Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat” (2009) and “Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape” (2011).
Howard & Michele Hall Underwatervideographers (IMAX films)
After becoming a certified diver in high school, Howard put himself through college by teaching Scuba diving off the California coast, graduating with a degree in zoology from San Diego State University in 1974. Rather than pursue an advanced degree in marine science as he first intended, Howard looked for opportunities to combine his passion for photography with his interest in marine wildlife. A Scuba diver since 1975, Michele worked as a pediatric nurse for 19 years before joining Howard full-time in his business.
Howard and Michele Hall have produced and directed dozens of films for television including National Geographic Specials, episodes of Nature, PBS Specials, and BBC Specials. The Halls' underwater film techniques have earned them seven Emmy Awards and many top awards at the most prominent wildlife film festivals.
John Ellerbrock Owner and engineer at Gates Housings
Since 1969 Gates has designed and manufactured the most durable and dependable underwater housings in the world. Commercial divers, marine researchers, professional videographers, film and television producers, and recreational divers use Gates underwater housings because these housings are indestructible tools for divers who want to produce beautiful underwater images.
Otto C. Honegger Underwatervideographer (Edis Paradise 1-3)
Otto C. Honegger is an experienced filmmaker, anchor, photographer, writer and the owner of Dreamteamvision in Zürich. Honegger studied at the Universities of St.Gallen and Zürich and joined Swiss Television at an early age. There he worked as a reporter and anchor for various political and economic programs. He was also producer and anchor at the annual meeting of the WEF in Davos. In 1990, Honegger launched the documentary slot DOK, which he was heading for 18 years as executive producer. In this time he transformed the label DOK into a symbol for quality TV in Switzerland. Since 1973, Honegger has produced and directed many international TV documentaries with a wide range of topics. They include politics and economics as well as the depths of the oceans or the heights of Mount Everest.
Franco has home in the southern part of Switzerland, in a cosy village close to Lugano Lake. He is one of the most appreciated photojournalist specialized in underwater subjects and stories. Franco began to dive in the 1981, in the Lake of Lugano. At the beginning, he dived the fresh waters nearest home. Then he travelled everywhere he could, documenting wildlife and human relationship with nature in environments from the Equator to the Poles. He received top honours from the photo-competitions Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best, BBC Photo Competition, to name the most famous.