Mae Dorricott’s initial experiences of the marine environment would leave most people hungry for more.
Snorkelling on the Malaysian coastline while visiting family, she quickly became entranced by the magical world around her.
It was from that point she knew the oceans would form part of her future, although it is only through enrolling to study at the University of Plymouth that it has become a potential career rather than simply a hobby.
Mae completed her first qualification (in SCUBA diving) as soon as she was old enough, spurred on by her father who is also an avid diver.
And her passion has since spawned further success – including graduating in September 2016 from the BSc (Hons) Marine Biology course at the University and being awarded the prestigious 2017 European Rolex Scholarship.