YOE - About

Young Ocean Explorers:

Since 2012 we’ve been on a mission to inspire kids to love our ocean, through entertaining education. 

We want to capture children’s imaginations through great storytelling, bringing the beauty, awe and fascination of the ocean and its inhabitants alive. 

Our vision is to create generational change by connecting hearts and minds with the importance of enjoying and caring for our oceans and give them tools to make a better future. 

There’s never been a more vital time for the health of the ocean and this planet than now! 

Enjoy!

Steve + Riley Hathaway

 

RILEY HATHAWAY - “The ocean is so fascinating and amazing – I hope you enjoy our stories and want to be Young Ocean Explorers too!”

Age?
18

Best experience on the ocean?
Swimming with turtles is incredible, but nothing compares to having a humpback whale swimming right next to our boat!

Hobbies?
I love hanging out with friends, spending time in the ocean and playing sports for fun.

What are you scared of?
Dad’s jokes!

Where do you live?
Snells Beach, in beautiful New Zealand

 

STEVE HATHAWAY - “I’ve never felt so alive as when I’m filming underwater”

Job?
Underwater cameraman

Favourite marine animal?
Striped marlin

Hobbies?
I love anything to do with the ocean, but mainly scuba diving, snorkeling, waterskiing and surfing

What are you scared of?
Crabs nipping my toes

Steve's footage has appeared on many international documentaries, including BBC’s series Blue Planet 2 (which he received a BAFTA award for) and ‘Blackfish’.

 

2018 Centre of Social Impact Report

Download the report to read about the amazing impact Young Ocean Explorers is having in New Zealand classrooms:

https://www.youngoceanexplorers.com/documents/YOE-evaluation-report-final.pdf

 

Series
Live in the lockdown
YOE adventures
Turtles
Hauraki Gulf
Rangatahi
Freaky!
Growing up is tough in a spiky shell
Super senses!
Can rays see electricity?
NEW
Turtle rehabilitation
Learn to draw!
Learn to Draw - Blue Whale
Stop plastic!
What is an apex predator?
Crazy plastic journey
Why is plastic so bad for sea creatures?
Why do orca end up stuck on the beach?
What is this creature?
Love Our Sea song for ECEs
How does a dolphin move?
What eats turtles?
Riley confronts a big fear
Can you hold your breath longer than a fur seal?
Whales can’t tell the difference between ...?
Seabirds and whales!
Is anything scared of a dolphin?
Riley swims with galapagos sharks
What are zooplankton?
What's so special about turtle shells?
Whose skull am I holding?
What is orca chocolate?
How do you clean a dirty ocean?
How do rays breathe underwater?
What is a habitat?
Meet the loggerhead turtle
Who can set up a marine park?
Where do creatures poo in the ocean?
Breathing is tricky for a turtle
Which fish's poo makes sand?
Threats to Māui dolphins
Riley rescues a turtle!
What is a food chain?
How Dad saved a dolphin!
The incredible Hauraki Gulf
What do turtles use their back flippers for?
Where do common dolphins call home?
How many eggs does this huge fish lay?
What is it like to save an orca?
Learn to Draw - Great White
Where did all the kelp go?
Why do we call this a meatball?
Riley's big Māui dolphin adventure
How to hide in plain sight
Catch fish not birds
Riley finds where the baby fish live
What made this crazy thing?
Which habitat would you rather live in?
How much oxygen do sea plants produce?
Looking for a tiny dolphin