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Peter Vine

Location: Clifden, Connemara, Ireland


Spirorbids are tiny spiral tube worms living in almost every coastal marine habitat on our planet. Engaged in a worldwide study of their biology and zoogeography, Peter Vine found that they gave him an unparalleled opportunity for travel and adventure.

Having spent a year teaching as a VSO volunteer on Tarawa in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands (now Kiribati), Peter continued his studies in France, Greece, Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Tahiti, Tuamotus, New Zealand, Australia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, USA, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, China, Kenya, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Seychelles, and the United Arab Emirates.

He taught at Khartoum University and directed a remote research laboratory on the coast of the Red Sea, where he dived to forbidden depths. He helped to investigate the Lough Ness Monster in Scotland, was caught in a hurricane in the North Sea, almost sank a British naval vessel, and helped to produce an Oscar-nominated film around his home in Connemara. Having established experimental and commercial fish farms in Saudi Arabia and Ireland, he assisted on a number of other award-winning films, was the author of and engaged in publishing, numerous books and directed major elements of a nation’s participation in four World Expos. Retiring from his media-related activities at the end of 2015, Peter returned to his academic work, publishing more on his Red Sea research, and eventually compiling this eclectic collection of stories from his varied and intriguing life.


SPIRORBIS – Stories from my Life

Tom Kenny, Kenny’s Bookshop & Art Gallery, Galway, Ireland:
“In a lifetime of reading, I have never read a book like this – an eclectic collage of experiences and episodes from an extraordinary career. This Renaissance man, who has travelled the world, had me absorbed from the first page. A scientist, a diver, historian, author, adventurer, publisher, film maker, he weaves all of these aspects of his life into a riveting narrative. Wonderful!”

Prof. Tim Lynch, Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Director of the Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Hospital:

“Peter Vine is a remarkable man – curious, energetic and with a persistence bordering on stubbornness to live life to the full. Our meetings are dotted with wonderfully ridiculous conversations about how to manage Parkinson’s disease while diving with humpback whales in Tonga or coral reef diving in Wakatobi Indonesia. Spirorbis is a riveting inspirational read.”

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