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Chelsea Mayer

Chelsea is a naturalist, photographer, and videographer whose love of animals is the through line in her life. She grew up on the southern California coast in Huntington Beach, and throughout her teenage years she volunteered at an animal shelter and a wildlife rehabilitation center. In 2011 she graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production.

After a few years of working on films, Chelsea turned her sights seaward, leaving Los Angeles in favor of a career on the open ocean. Nearly every day for three years, Chelsea had the privilege of observing the marine mammals of southern California, working as a naturalist, photographer and deckhand aboard various whale watching boats in Orange County. More recently, Chelsea moved to San Diego, and trained to be a scuba diving professional. She works as a divemaster on a liveaboard vessel that does scuba diving trips to the Channel Islands, and great white shark cage diving at Guadalupe Island. She loves working on boats because she gets to meet interesting people from all over the world and share her enthusiasm for nature and conservation. Chelsea is a US Coast Guard-licensed 100-ton Captain, PADI Divemaster, American Cetacean Society Naturalist, and Girls Who Click Ambassador.

My upcoming expeditions

Wild Alaska Escape: Haines, the Inian Islands & Tracy Arm Fjord

Jun 7 2023
Jul 12 2023
Jul 17 2023
Aug 21 2023
Aug 26 2023

Wild Alaska Escape: LeConte Bay, Wrangell & the Misty Fjords

Jun 12 2023
Jul 7 2023
Jul 22 2023
Aug 16 2023

Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey

Sep 23 2023
Sep 30 2023

Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park

Oct 27 2023
Oct 31 2023
Nov 4 2023

Wild Baja California Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay

Jan 18 2024
Jan 23 2024
Jan 28 2024
Feb 20 2024
Feb 25 2024
Mar 1 2024