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  • Jo Moseley

A Conversation with Emily Hague - Killer Whale Trail, RNLI Crew, SUP Shetland + Grateful for The Sea

I am so thrilled to welcome Emily Hague to The Joy of SUP Podcast today. I discovered Emily on Instagram and was so interested in her work with On The Killer Whale Trail.

You can listen to Emily‘s podcast here.

Emily is a marine biologist, specialising in marine mammals - whales, dolphins and seals. As well as her research, she has a deep care and passion for the sea and all that encompasses it. She is a volunteer lifeboat crew onboard the Anstruther RNLI Lifeboat. She also loves to spend her spare time walking or cycling coastal paths and beach cleaning. She loves getting in the sea itself, whether that’s swimming, kayaking or more recently, paddleboarding!

She is based in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife in Scotland, so mostly paddles around the skerries and rocks within the Firth of Forth. She also shares her wonderful paddles on the Shetland Isles.

Emily runs On the Killer Whale Trail, a social media platform dedicated to adventuring whilst looking for wildlife, with special highlights spotting killer whales in Shetland. She also runs the On the Litter Trail beach cleaning campaign, sponsored by Sea Changers. Through community action and team spirit the campaign collected over a tonne of litter in two weeks (including whilst paddleboarding!).

Emily loves the freedom and sense of adventure that SUP brings. Whilst it can be fun to enjoy with friends, she finds a solo paddle magical, where you can really take time to enjoy the peace and calm that the ocean can bring. The sea, and all the wonderful creatures that inhabit it, are very close to Emily’s heart which is why she dedicates all her time to researching it, doing beach cleans, educating and encouraging others to enjoy it too.

In this episode we also talk about:

  • Being a member of RNLI Anstruther crew

  • How her Mum encouraged her love of orcas by telling her they were in the reservoirs of the Peak District!

  • The devastating impact of plastic on wildlife in the ocean

  • The joy of community looking for orcas

  • Her Bluefin 10 ft 8 paddleboard

  • Her Batoko orca swimsuit

You can find Emily: Instagram at @emilylhague and @onthekillerwhaletrail Twitter @emilyhague and @OntheKWTrail Facebook On the Killer Whale Trail Website On The Killer Whale Trail You may also enjoy Hugh Harrop who photographs on Shetland Isles!

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it.! If you have any questions, please do get in touch on Instagram is @thejoyofsuppodcast_ Follow #thejoyofsuppodcast on Twitter and Instagram Facebook TheJoyofSUPPodcast Website It would be fantastic if you could also rate and review us on Apple as it will help more people find our paddleboarding SUP sunshine! You can also follow so you never miss an episode! Wishing you sunshine and joy, thank you for listening, Jo x Please always put safety first and get the right advice for your training + body. Episode recorded December 2020.

Photo credit Emily Hague


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