Steve Hathaway is an underwater cameraman who left his construction business nine years ago to pursue his passion of creating underwater stories. He is best known for filming underwater footage of orcas, and is the only person to have captured footage of an orca picking up a ray by the tip of its tail. He has had the privilege of filming a wide variety of marine life including hundreds of sharks, packs of feeding marlin and many species of whales and dolphins.
In 2013 Steve’s daughter, Riley, then just 12 years old, completed a school project on turtles and plastic. This project became the inspiration behind Young Ocean Explorers, a television series that put her life on a very different trajectory.
In Young Ocean Explorers, Riley goes on fun adventures with her dad and has many incredible stories of encounters with sea creatures including orcas, whales and turtles. Together they aim to get kids around the world over enthused about the beauty and diversity of Earth’s marine life. Their passion is to create stories to inspire kids to love our oceans. The pair has produced 20 episodes of the show, in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and on the Great Barrier Reef. Their aim is to continue create more episodes and get them to an international audience.
- Steve’s footage has appeared on BBC, National Geographic, Discovery TV and many other international channels, as well as the game-changing documentary Blackfish, which has changed the way the world views whales and dolphins in captivity
- Riley was the youngest ever recipient of Leo Ducker Award, which recognizes New Zealanders who have made a significant contribution to the underwater environment (2015)
- The pair spoke to more than 20,000 people including a TEDx talk (2015/2016)