Ryan Johnson

Guide & Marine Biologist

Ryan is a renowned shark biologist originally from New Zealand. His reputation was built on 15 years of research into the hidden lives of great white sharks. His research and desire to explore and understand the marine world has resulted in him leading numerous documentary expeditions for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel throughout the world.


Mia Vorster

Manager / Guide / Videographer

Mia offers Blue Wilderness the professionalism that is required to fulfil our ambition of becoming South Africa’s most renowned shark ecotourism company. With over 20 years experience in documentary production and diving, Mia offers the team unprecedented experience and a ‘can do’ attitude that keeps us on our daily track.

Marcus M’Sane

Skipper extraordinaire 

Marcus is one of South Africa most experienced sardine run / shark expedition skippers. During his 16 years experience, he has launched clients out of 12 launch sites throughout Southern Africa. His unprecedented expertise in reading both the environmental and biological indicators ensures that the Blue Wilderness team is always where the shark action is.

Justin Kruger

Videographer & Photographer

Justin brings media skills to the Blue Wilderness team. As both an avid water man and media specialist, he is perfectly suited to his position as the teams videographer. Daily he takes wonderful video and photos for our guests before editing them into entertaining and exciting videos.


Jessica Escobar

Chief Scientist

Jessica is one of kwa-Zulu Natal’s most renowned shark biologists, having conducted her master and phd research on the sharks residing on Aliwal Shoal. Jessica runs Blue Wilderness’s dedicated research, education and conservation unit, and hosts our shark volunteer and internship programs


Skipper extraordinaire

Phila is Blue Wilderness second skipper who is 100% committed to safely transferring our shark guests. Hailing originally from Sodwana, Phila moved to Durban’s South coast for a new challenge in life. His commitment to skippering and is ever ready smile, lets our guests know that they are in safe and secure hands during each and every shark expedition.