Marijke de Boer, 35, works as a freelance marine consultant. Her
work involves conducting research on marine mammals but she has
developed a keen interest in other marine creatures too. She
studied Marine Biology in the Netherlands and has a MSc degree in
marine ecology (1996). Her work has brought her to exciting places
such as the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Her passion for photography was triggered whilst studying killer
whales in Canada. She bought her first digital SLR in late 2004
and has since used it intensively in both the Azores and the North
Sea! Photographing dolphins can be technically very
demanding. However, she has found her digital SLR to be invaluable.
Her main challenge has been to photograph dolphins in their
own environment and to collect photo-identification images of
whale flukes or dorsal fins showing characteristic markings. The
latter is of great importance when trying to ascertain migratory
routes of dolphins and whales.