Born in The Netherlands and raised by adventurous parents Hella became infected with the travel virus and a deep fascination for animal behaviour and the natural world early in her childhood. A BSc. degree in Wildlife Management, Policy and Education led her into the realm of the oceans’ giants. Passionate about the threats our planet and its inhabitants are facing, her belief is that education is the most powerful tool to create ambassadors for the natural world. Since 2004 Hella has studied cetaceans in Scotland, the Canary Islands, Canada, Australia and Mexico. She has worked as a naturalist in New Zealand, and lived and worked in the Azores for 4 years as a whale-watching guide and lecturer. Hella has also been trained and contracted as an offshore marine mammal observer in the seismic industry.