Ricardo Aguilar | Oceana

Ricardo Aguilar

Senior Advisor & Expedition Leader, Europe

Oceana Staff

Ricardo’s first work focused on the study of marine mammals and reptiles, though he should mention sharks as well, because they made sporadic appearances in many of his sea journeys.

He has had some of his best times with dolphins, whales, turtles and sharks. The experiences in his life that have affected him the most include the black tides caused by oil tankers like the Aegean Sea, the Prestige, the Haven, and the Erika, some episodes of eutrophication in the Mediterranean, the dumping of waste from paper companies in the Cantabrian Sea and finding dozens of dead dolphins on the coast. But perhaps one of the biggest factors that has driven him to protect the oceans is the destruction that we do not see. Under the surface of the sea, invaluable ecosystems are destroyed at an incredible rate. In the depths, the surprise is even greater—seabed destruction by trawlers fishing nearly two kilometers beneath the waves, lost fishing gear that continues killing, and pollutants capable of destroying life. It is incredible that the destruction could reach so deep. During the last 13-14 years he has passed to the “dark side” and he is mainly working on deep-sea habitats and discovering new species. Corals, sponges, echinoderms, foraminifera…