Tooni Mahto

Senior Marine Campaigner

Location: Victoria

Tooni’s love of the sea began by causing havoc in rock pools as a child around the British coastline. Following gap year underwater adventures in Thailand and East Africa, she undertook a degree in Marine Biology, worked as a diving instructor in South Africa and led scientific expeditions in Mozambique and Malawi. She has worked in television in various capacities, including an underwater camera operator and researcher at the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

While undertaking a Masters in Oceanography, Tooni was one of the presenters on the BBC series ‘Oceans’, where she was lucky enough to dive in locations from the Arctic to the tropics. Tooni is never happier than when underwater, although surfing is currently vying for top sea-based activity.

Tooni has worked in marine conservation in both an educational and campaign capacity in the UK and abroad, including filming a series about the underwater wonders of British seas.