Raphaël was born with binoculars around his neck! As far as he remembers, he has always been a nature passionate. He is interested in the observation and study of all living organisms from flowers to whales but his main field of interest are vertebrates: birds, mammals, snakes, frogs, etc. Graduate in hydrobiology, he has always been involved in naturalist associations either as volunteer or employee. For example, he is currently co-managing a NGO aiming at studying and conserving bats in Southern France.
Raphaël first came on board a cruise ship as lecturer in 2000 in Svalbard. Since then, he has been embarking either as naturalist guide or expedition leader on many destinations, from the Arctic to Antarctica through the tropics. When he is not navigating, Raphaël carries out other projects always related to nature study and conservation, which may lead him to work as field assistant for bird recovery programs, wildlife freelance expert for public bodies and private officies, part of expedition trips to the Arctic or the Peruvian jungle, photographer, writer, etc. Sometimes he also get to enjoy a relaxed life at home in Provence!