Jacquie Cozens – Ireland

Linked with loggerhead turtles in a nutshell, and with Seaturtle.org.

Jacquie Cozens is a wildlife film-maker, with credits on The Discovery Channel, Channel 5 in the UK, and the BBC. Jacquie is based in Dingle where she co-owns a dive centre. (on IrishWildlife).

Until recently Jacquie Cozens and Neal Clayton owned a dive centre in Dingle, south west Ireland but are now living on Sal in Cabo Verde. Jacquie has been diving for more than 20 years with experience in cave diving and using rebreathers. Her credentials include an HSE Part IV Commercial Diving qualification as well as being a PADI Open Water Instructor.  Jacquie holds an RYA Advanced Powerboat qualification. Jacquie is also an independent producer and presenter of underwater natural history programmes, having worked for BBC Leonardo’s Amazing Inventions (Leonardo’s Amazing Inventions), Walt Disney (The Real Killer Squid), C5 and The Discovery Channel (The Truth About Killer Squid).  Her latest film, ‘Grey Seals – Life on the Edge’ has won many awards at Festivals and (was) broadcasted at the end of 2007. Jacquie also occasionally writes for Diver & Dive magazine in the UK and Subsea, the magazine of the Irish diving organisation, CFT.  This feature was published in October 2003.  Jacquie’s article about yoga and diving was published in April 04, a review of the Steam Machines Prism rebreather in Oct 04 and an article about diving in Panama (May 05). Her latest article about grey seals was published in Diver in March 2007. Jacquie is now working on a film about the turtles in Cabo Verde. (on diveCapoverde.com).

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Jacquie Cozens – Ireland

4th Matsalu International Nature Film Festival 2006 – Highly Commended Nominations:  “Grey Seals – Life on Edge“, Jaqcuie Cozens, UK/Ireland, Excellence in Documentary.

Leonardo’s design for an underwater breathing apparatus consists of cane tubes joined by leather, with steel rings to prevent them being crushed by the water pressure. The tubes are attached to a face-mask and at the other end to a bell-shaped float to keep the openings above water. A diving suit based on this design using pig leather, bamboo tubes, and a cork float was built, and tested by a diver, Jacquie Cozens. It worked well in shallow waters … (full text).

For five years I had been studying to make this dive in the Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, which divides Mexico’s Baja California peninsula from the mainland. Along with my diving partner Jacquie Cozens and a small crew, I was there filming Humboldt: The Man-Eating Squid. This documentary, which is the first episode in a series called “Dangerous Waters,” is scheduled to be released in January. For most people, the word “squid” probably conjures images of deep-fried appetizers, not flesh-eating carnivores. But the truth is, Humboldt squid have approximately 1,200 sucker discs, each one lined with 20 to 26 needle-sharp teeth. This allows the Humboldt to attack its prey with more than 24,000 teeth at once. And nestled in its bed of eight muscular arms and two feeding tentacles is a disproportionately large, knife-edged beak similar to a parrot’s. But the Humboldt is much larger than a parrot: they have been found as large as 14 feet in length and weighing more than 700 pounds … (full text).

She writes:

  • … We work in partnership with the DGA (Dept of Environment), the Câmara Municipal (local government), Maritime and Civil Police, INDP (Fisheries) and ISECMAR (Marine Sciences Institute). The project is incorporated into the National Plan for the Protection of Marine Turtles. Other threats to the turtles include nest destruction by vehicles, egg poaching and the collection of turtles (in tourist facilities and homes as pets), loss of habitat (plastic waste and depleted beaches) and massive shoreline development. Public awareness of conservation issues has been very low. The strategy has been to train Capeverdian Wildlife Rangers, who with overseas and local community volunteers patrol the beaches every night and morning. Former turtle keepers have also been recruited. Rangers have saved 18 turtles that were about to be killed and, together with the Public Prosecutor, we are bringing the first action against hunters for Environmental Crime. The only turtles lost on protected beaches have been killed far from the beach, something that was previously unnecessary, as killing turtles was considered risk free. Protected areas (including a hatchery) have been established (first official quad/ATV trails in Cabo Verde) as well as an ecotourism programme, a ‘turtle friendly’ programme for businesses and beach clean ups. All illegal tourist attractions with turtles have been closed down … (full text 29th Sea Turtle Symposiumm, Brisbane, Australia, 2009);
  • DIVERS LOVE GREY SEALS, and I have been fortunate enough to spend a large part of the past two years documenting the most westerly colony in Europe. The remote Blasket Islands in County Kerry, Ireland are just one of their havens around the British Isles and Ireland. Grey seals were the world’s first protected mammals, but unfortunately they are still persecuted in many European countries. Last September, 12 pregnant seals were shot on an Orkney beach by a gunman using a high-velocity rifle, and there have been recent calls for culls by fishermen, who often blame seals for low fish catches and for damaging fishing gear. In November 2004, the seals on the Blasket Islands were subjected to a brutal and unwarranted slaughter. Almost 60 animals were killed, mainly newborns, accounting for virtually the entire season’s pups. By some strange coincidence, we had chosen that day to film the seals, so we were able to notify the authorities immediately of killings that might otherwise have gone unnoticed … (full text);
  • … As a film-maker, using a rebreather makes perfect sense – the lack of bubbles and longer dive times have obvious benefits. Previous use of a semi-closed system had not impressed me – it was definitely not bubble-free and the dive times were barely longer than using a single tank of nitrox. So, having looked long and hard at what was available and after several years of thinking about it, … (full text).

Underwater film-maker Jacquie Cozens says rebreathers allow her to get closer to subjects and extend valuable filming time … ,

Im Sommer 2007 mussten Juan Blanco und Jacquie Cozens miterleben, wie Nacht für Nacht auf der ganzen Insel Sal Schildkröten brutal und unverhohlen abgeschlachtet wurden. Erschüttert darüber, beschloss jeder von ihnen, etwas dagegen zu tun. Jaquie ging nun jeden Morgen die Strände an der Ostküste der Insel ab, zählte die Nester und Spuren und sammelte Abfall ein. Abends ging sie an den Strand, um potentielle Täter davon abzuhalten, noch mehr Schildkröten zu töten … (SOS Tartarugus.org/deutsch).

links:

Divedingle.com (in many languages);

The Irish Wildlife;

dive cabo verde;

divernet.com;

Dive Magazine.co.uk;

BlueOceanPix.com;

SCUBA COIBA IN SANTA CATALINA, PANAMA;

Dok-Sendung auf SF1 (Schweizer Fernsehen), 27.03.2009, um 11.00 h (Fischernetze sind für Robben wie ein Selbstbedienungsladen); do. als Text. Fernsehen.ch/blog;

Diving in Dingle / Ireland, April 2005;

SOS Tartarugus.org/english, and its blog: Turtle SOS Cabo Verde (saving loggerhead turtles from extinction);

SeaTurtle.org.

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