Mark Polinski


Mark Polinski is an American student currently living in Launceston working on his PhD in Molecular Immunology at the University of Tasmania's Australian Maritime College. He is an avid rock climber, whitewater kayaker, and general outdoor enthusiast who has dedicated nearly all of the past three years’ worth of weekends to exploring the outdoor adventures Tasmania has to offer.


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The Seals of Tenth Island

Tenth Island is a small island of bare rock lying off of Tasmania’s northeast coast, and home to a significant population of Australian Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus).  

Let’s jump in the water with them and see what happens.

I would have to say that diving here at 10th Island seal colony was probably the best (most enjoyable) diving I’ve ever done. I think what ultimately put this place a notch above all the others for me was the interaction; the engagement rather than typical observation that you generally get during a dive. I often feel like I’m looking through a window into a world that could care less about my existence, but the seals’ genuine reciprocated curiosity and fun loving nature made for a really enjoyable and memorable experience. – Mark Polinski