Barbara Whitman Howell
Under the Sea is owned by award-winning marine biologist, educator, and entrepreneur Barbara Whitman Howell who has successfully operated her own marine education and research programs in New England, Mexico, the Caribbean, and now, Hawaii. This adventurous woman has taught around the world, chartered tall ships, explored jungles, and lived with different cultures. Her specialties range from marine invertebrates to sea turtles, animal behavior to marine ecology. Her goal is to acquaint people with the marine world and instill in them a love of and a desire to protect the ocean and its creatures. She believes that education should be hands-on, fun, adventurous, entertaining, and factual. She says “I am so excited about Under the Sea Hawaii. We provide a wonderfully unique alternative to other snorkel tours. We will show you how underwater communities are just like ours in so many ways.”
Nick has worked with sea turtles, sharks, monk seals, and helped start the Hawai’i Cetacean Rehabilitation Center in Hilo. He believes animals should make the first moves in animal-human interactions. If you point out a fish, shark, dolphin, whale, ray, or anything that crawls or swims, Nick can probably tell you what it is.
With a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke, Lynn is the one who keeps us all organized, one of her many strengths. Experienced in tropical marine ecology, sea turtle biology, with a ton of on-water experience with whales and dolphins, Lynn is always right there with you making sure you are comfortable and safe.
Mike brings the spirit of the Hawaiian culture to Under the Sea. He grew up on Oahu in the modern Hawaiian culture but he also has special knowledge of traditional Hawaiian chants and practices. In addition, Mike knows the ocean like the back of his hand, has a twinkle in his eye and is a natural-born teacher.
A film school graduate and actor, Paul, affectionately known as Paulphin, is happiest under water swimming with his dolphin friends. He’ll be right beside you in the water giving you a dolphins perspective on the world. His photos illustrate our website and are used in educational presentations we do on land.
Art has been on the water most of his life in various capacities. He has crewed on large ships throughout the world, including the non-profit Friend Ships Unlimited and had his own boat delivery company. He was a commercial fishing boat captain in Alaska but decided to come back to the warmth of the tropics to make sure our guests are happy and safe.
Growing up, Jesse knew he wanted to either work in the music industry or with dolphins. As Jesse works towards his degree in marine biology at UH, he has found a way to satisfy both dreams through underwater acoustics. His research focus is on interspecies communications. Jesse is also a clown at heart.
As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, Kim’s focus is on social bonding in wild dolphins. She is also an amazing photographer and plans to use that skill to document social behavior in wild cetacean populations around the world. Her goal is to become a University professor in order to excite and encourage bright young minds to join the science community.
Snow is truly an island dog. Born in England, he grew up in the Caribbean and now helps with snorkel trips here in Hawaii. Snow has been a water lover ever since he was the one in the litter that used to covertly tip the water bowl and then lie in the water. Snow’s gentle and loving temperament has made him a favorite of travelers going through “pet withdrawal”. He only works some trips. To read more about Snow click here: http://www.lifeoutofbounds.com/2014/03/20/snow-the-water-boy/