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Monty Halls - Great Ocean Adventures



Monty Halls
Former Royal Marines officer turned TV adventurer Monty Halls recently returned to Plymouth  to give a fascinating insight into his all-action lifestyle. Monty, who graduated from the University of Plymouth with a First Class Honours degree in Marine Biology in 1999,  lifted the lid on filming for his popular Channel five TV series 'Great Ocean Adventures'.  

Monty revealed to a packed lecture theatre of staff and students, that his exciting career "kicked off" at the University of Plymouth. Monty has been interested in marine life since a young age when he spent hours playing in rock pools along the Westcountry's coastline. But the journey really started when Monty decided to "indulge" in a Marine Biology degree at the age of 29. Since graduating from the University of Plymouth, Monty, who now lives in Bristol - has led expeditions to some of the remotest parts of the world.  From Tobermoray to Tonga, Monty has dived deep waters to capture footage of the ocean's most spectacular creatures. One of his most memorable moments during filming for this most recent series, was when a sixty-foot beluga whale rested it's mammoth head on Monty's lap as he sat on the egde of the crew's boat. 

Monty's adventuring CV is comparable to that of an underwater Indiana Jones. He has discovered a lost Atlantis in the Indian Ocean, defied Great White sharks off the Cape of Good Hope to explore a prehistoric underwater caves system and was even shot at by poachers in Africa. Monty's television career was kickstarted when he was crowned top male performer in the Superhuman contest organised by Channel 4. This was the ultimate test of human endurance where experts devised a series of extreme tests including oxygen starvation and even a helicopter crash into water.

Away from his globe trotting adventures, trained marine biologist Monty has also built a reputation as an inspirational and entertaining speaker. The university audience would certainly agree as Monty also inspired a queue of students to have a chat in person after the event.

Colin Munn, Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences said: “We were delighted to welcome back a student of Monty’s standing and it is always nice when graduates from the university go on to great things."

Detailed information can be found in our courses pages if you are interested in pursuing a career in Marine Biology.

To order a copy of the "Great Ocean Adventures" book which accompanies the Channel five series, go to  

underwater filming
Photos: Western Morning News