Our crew and staff are a dedicated group of people passionate about the whales and our passengers.
They are here to make you experience the journey of a life time! Each one of them has taken the time to write something about themselves and we have asked them if they were an animal what animal they would be.

Romano Del Bianco


Angela Del Bianco


I am a family oriented person and a lifelong learner. I have a passion to encourage and motivate people to reach their hidden potential, turning it into active energy. I am so inspired by the Staff as they have this amazing enthusiasm for Mother Nature, especially the gentle giants of the sea. Their knowledge is insurmountable. I have learnt so much from them which I pass onto our customers over the phone. I have chosen The Eagle for its glorious energy; soaring above the clouds. The Eagle is swift, fierce and graceful.

Erica Bauchiglione De Freitas

Operational Manager & Marketing Specialist

I am from Brazil and I’ve been in Australia for 4 years. I graduated in Marketing as I really like people. I like talking with people, helping them and always if I can, changing their life’s, showing them the good side of life in everything. My other passion is Nature and animals in general. Since I was child my dream was to work with Ocean animals. My goal has always been to find a job which I would love and be happy in, living my passion. Here am I working with Spirit Family as Office Manager/Marketing Specialist being so close to those fantastic creatures the “gentle giants of the sea” and making people happy, showing them how incredible the experience is to watch the Humpback Whales in their natural habitat. What inspires me about working with Spirit is that I believe and love the way we work together as a big family, and every single one loves what they do. You can feel the good energy in every aspect. Just one word: Gratitude! “Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”! ? Besides the whales which are my favorite if I could be an animal I would love to be a dolphin, being truly lovable, surrounded by friends, swimming and enjoying the wonders beneath the ocean, and of course, following my huge and lovely whale friends. Imagine how cool it would be!

Daniele Sostisso

Office Assistant

Hi there, I’m originally from Brazil. The reason why I came to Australia was to learn English and I fell in love from the first sight with this amazing country, especially the Gold Coast!! I have been here for 3 years and just love it!! I’m passionate about life, in all the ways; the sun, moon, ocean, animals, nature… It’s just perfect!! This year a great opportunity came my way to work with Spirit of Gold Coast, and it feels incredible to work and learn about the humpback whales. Everyday there is something new and I feel such a good energy from the Spirit family! Everyone is passionate so I’m really looking forward to having a great time!! If I choose to be an animal I would be an Elephant, as like the whales, these giant animals are amazing and gentle!

Koji Takada

Skipper / Engineer

Got too wet from my 15 year scuba dive instructor experience and became a skipper to dry myself out ? Searching for whales definitely inspires me and sharpens my 5 senses… If I were an animal I would be a Coral – forever young and beautiful!

Ghigo Casalini

Skipper / Engineer

Zara King

Marine Biologist & Hostess

I have grown up on the ocean’s doorstep here in South East Queensland where I recently completed my Marine Biology and Ecology Degree. My passion was always whales and dolphins growing up, and is the reason I pursued science. This love has taken me around the world to explore other marine worlds, but I find that wherever I go, I always want to come home to the Gold Coast. Humpback whales were the first marine mammal I ever saw in the wild and I knew from that moment I wanted to work with them. Spirit has given me that amazing opportunity as I continue into my second season with these magnificent creatures and the wonderful Spirit family. There are too many amazing animals on this earth that I just couldn’t decide which one I would want to be.

Rebecca Krojs

Hostess & Deckhand

Hi my name is Bec! I was raised on the Gold Coast and have spent most of my life on boats and on the ocean. As well as spending every weekend (and most afternoons) on boats as a child, I have also worked in my family fishing charter business for 17 years. I became a coxswain in 2016. I am scuba-diving obsessed! I hope to become a dive master by the end of 2017. Despite working in the fishing industry, I am passionate about animals/wildlife and conservation/education, which is what inspired me to work with Spirit and the beautiful whales. If I could be an animal I would be a Manta Ray, so I could cruise the ocean far and wide.

Bob Looijschelder


I have been sailing around the world for over 10years and it’s so easy to forget the time and years at sea. You feel so free when you are out there discovering new places in the world, and seeing the ocean alive with whales and dolphins. After 10 years at sea I decided to move to Australia as I felt inspired by the Gold Coast and living there. It will be my first season with Spirit Family. I have seen Spirit of Gold Coast out there on the ocean with the whales; they look very professional and have so much love for the whales. I have been so looking forward to start working with the Spirit Family! ? Ah, an animal! Well I guess a dolphin – to be free in the ocean and swim anywhere you want…yes please! ?

Melanie Pinner

Hostess & Deckhand

Hi there. I’m Melanie and this is my first season on Spirit! I am passionate about looking after our beautiful planet and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. Especially the Reef, where I worked for 2 years. I want my kids and their kids to see all the amazing places and animals I have seen. Apart from being passionate about the environment I also love helping and entertaining people. I am definitely a people person and get great joy in seeing people having amazing experiences and having lots of fun. If I could choose an animal, to be for a while, it would be a dolphin as they are free to roam the oceans, they are playful and happy and loved by people.


Hostess & Deckhand

Travelling excites me the most! Meeting new people and getting to know new cultures! I love nature, the sun and the sea. I am also a fan of people; I feel great joy in helping others to have the best time of their life’s. It’s no wonder I’ve been working in the Tourism industry for 20 years! Being surrounded by the ocean and the marine life was what inspired me to work with the Spirit, not to mention the great people who are already part of it! Since I was a child I loved to go on boat trips to explore, see new places and feel the wind and salt water on my face! Watching the marine animals in their natural habitat amazes me. Working with the Spirit is a brilliant experience! If I could be an animal I would be a Manta Ray (well, my star sign is Pisces), they look so peaceful, like they are ballet dancers under the water! And then I would be found in the warm waters of French Polynesia and Hawaii some of my favourite places in the whole world!



My main passion is the ocean as I have so much love for all her creatures big and small. Surfing is a sport that drew me in and I have never looked back. Riding waves and being so close to nature is an amazing experience. I know the joy of being close to whales and dolphins and to work with Spirit is a dream come true. Sharing my passion with others and to see how excited they are is such a bonus. If I could choose to be an animal it would have to be a bird- To be as free as a bird and surf the airwaves, now that’s the dream… (long live the birdman).


Hostess & Deckhand

Living is what give me passion in all its meanings. I’m a person that doesn’t like to let opportunities go away from me. I need to live every single moment in its total until I feel complete. Nature is one of the things that makes me feel alive. A beautiful day on the beach with friends or admiring the sea followed by a sunset… or just a quick surf in the morning before work… are examples of what makes me feel really doing something good with my time. Not forgetting about challenges… these ones makes you feel afraid and forces you to get out of your comfort zone… As I said it’s not comfortable, but when you do it and realize you’re capable to do it better than you imagined, that’s what really excites me as well, that’s what makes me feel useful at the end of each day or each challenge achieved. The fact that I’ll be working breathing the ocean air, being in the middle of my favourite place – the ocean – surrounded by nature and its creatures and being able to give that unforgettable experience to people every day is called passion. I would say a bird that because they can fly wherever they want, but I would be a seagull because they can fly, and they are always on the beach as well. I couldn’t live without the sea.


Marine Biologist & Deckhand

I grow up on a farm in the hinterlands of South Brazil, but the beach and the ocean were always there at summer time and vacations, as both my parents are passionate about the ocean. When I was 6 we moved to the most incredible island in Brazil and stayed there ever since. So, I was always surrounded by nature, and that’s my true passion: natural cycles and life in all their ways and forms. I’m biologist and photographer as well and the beauties of this word always excites me, since tiny plants growing until the magnificent of a whale breaching. I was working with marine mammals before coming to Australia, and the possibility to work again with these amazing creatures really got me. Plus, I’m a person who believes in the power of education, so it’s a life goal to be able to share and touch other people about animals and how important they are for the environmental. For me this contact with wild animals is the key to change the future of conservation in the whole world. If you could choose to be an animal, what would it be? So hard to choose just one! One that I would like to be are a Whale Shark, just swimming around, with no predators, just filtering my food while I discovery the whole ocean!