Jeff Foster

JEFF GREW UP AS THE SON OF A PROMINENT ZOO VETERINARIAN AND HAS BEEN AROUND WILD AND EXOTIC ANIMALS HIS ENTIRE LIFE. HIS PASSION FOR MARINE LIFE LEAD HIM TO PURSUE A CAREER IN THE MARINE MAMMAL FIELD. JEFF WORKED FOR SEAWORLD IN THE EARLY DAYS, WITH ANIMAL ACQUISITIONS AND AS A LEAD TRAINER. THE TRAVEL BUG BIT JEFF AT 18 YEARS OF AGE WHEN HE HITCHED HIKED ACROSS THE PACIFIC TO CLIMB IN NEW ZEALAND AND TO DIVE THE FAMOUS GREAT BARRIER REEF. SINCE THEN HE HAS TRAVELED TO MORE THEN 100 COUNTRIES AND HAS LIVED IN ICELAND, SE ASIA, TURKEY, AFRICA AND THE CARIBBEAN.

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JEFF’S CURIOSITY FOR THE OCEANS AND IT’S MARINE LIFE EVENTUALLY LEAD HIM AWAY FROM THE CAPTIVE INDUSTRY AND INTO RESCUE AND REHABILITATION. JEFF OVERSAW THE SEA OTTER RESCUE ALONG THE KENAI PENINSULA DURING THE EXXON VALDESE OIL SPILL. HE WAS DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & FIELD OPERATIONS FOR THE KEIKO PROJECT, THE ATTEMPTED REINTRODUCTION OF THE KILLER WHALE FROM THE MOVIE “FREE WILLY”. HE OVERSAW THE CAPTURE; REHAB AND SUCCESSFUL REINTRODUCTION OF “SPRINGER” AN OUT OF HABITAT ORPHAN KILLER WHALE FOUND IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IN THE EARLY 2000’S. NOAA AWARDED JEFF THE “ENVIRONMENTAL HERO OF THE YEAR” AWARD FOR HIS RESCUE WORK AFTER THE 2005 TSUNAMI IN SE ASIA AND HURRICANE KATRINA. HIS WORK HAS BEEN FEATURED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, CNN, 60 MINUTES, DATE LINE, THE BBC AND THE NEW YORK TIMES.

FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS JEFF HAS FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH. HE HAS HELPED IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF NEW TAGGING TECHNOLOGY ON MULTIPLE SPECIES OF MARINE MAMMALS AROUND THE GLOBE. HE HAS BEEN SCUBA DIVING ALL HIS LIFE AND IS AN ACCOMPLISHED FREE DIVER. JEFF HAS A DEGREE IN ANIMAL BEHAVIOR.