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Jochen (John) Zaeschmar

Originally from Germany, John holds a Bachelor of Business degree and is now enrolled at Massey University as an MSc student, currently researching and writing a thesis on false killer whales and pelagic bottlenose dolphins.  He has been collecting data and conducting research on multiple species over a 13-year period, and has co-authored a manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal.  John has a commercial skipper’s ticket and owns and operates his own charter sailing (22m ketch) business in the Bay of Islands.  He holds a current First Aid certificate and is an ex paramedic.  He is also a skilled diver and free-diver, is fluent in Spanish as well as his native German and English, and has previously worked as a whale-swim guide.