The Blowfish - wildlife presenter and heavy metal marine biologist!
Marine Conservation Society Ocean Ambassador
The Shark Trust UK Ambassador
South African Shark Conservancy Ambassador
Bangor University STEM Outreach Fellow
Author of Blowfish's Oceanopedia
PADI Dive Master and BSAC Dive Leader
It’s official, The Blowfish is the worlds ONLY Heavy Metal Marine Biologist.
The Blowfish, AKA Tom Hird, has been a regular face on British TV for the past six years, bringing his unique style of presenting to audiences of all ages.
The Blowfish is perhaps best known around the world for two series of the epic adventure show, Fishing Impossible (BBC Worldwide).He has also made numerous appearances on CBBC, including Blue Peter, Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom and How to be Epic at Everything. He is the in-house wildlife expert on Sunday Brunch (Channel 4), has summoned sharks on The One Show (BBC One) and has also scared Philip Schofield on This Morning (ITV1) with some weird and wonderful creatures, he has even appeared on the hit Discovery Canada show Daily Planet, giving advice on sharks and other creatures of the deep.
In 2015 he took on his biggest challenge to date, filming a 10 x 60 minute series for BBC Worldwide and ITV1. Fishing Impossible sees three fishing fanatics travel the world for the most amazing fishing and marine conservation experiences. Needless to say, the Blowfish was in his element getting up close and personal with some of the ocean's most stunning creatures. The show was such a success that a second series (7 x 60) was commissioned immediately and, once again, The Blowfish found himself travelling the globe to the most incredible locations to find the most unbelievable fish!
The son of a respected veterinary surgeon, The Blowfish learnt the value and beauty of animals from a young age and now he devotes himself to teaching the wonder of wildlife and the importance of conservation to young people. The subject closest to his heart, of course, is the sea. As a fully trained BSAC Dive Leader and PADI Dive Master with over 18 years experience, The Blowfish knows all too well the perilous state of our oceans. Throughout his years working directly with many dangerous animals, both in controlled settings and in the wild, The Blowfish has gather incredible experience which allows him to free dive with sharks, wrangle snakes and dance with scorpions. Always showing the utmost respect to the creature, but also exploring and explaining it’s most amazing features, The Blowfish can access a side of nature that no one else can.
Also lending his unique skills to The Shark Trust, writing for regular news updates and presenting educational films. For three years he was the face of Marks & Spencer's marine conservation programme, the School of Fish, which involved over 300,000 children, making school visits, launching competitions, leading the Big Beach Clean and regularly blogging about marine conservation. In July 2012 he lead The Big Fish Debate in Birmingham.
A key player in British Science Communication, The Blowfish has presented live shows to thousands of children and adults alike across the UK, appearing at The Big Bang Fair, The Skills Show, Oxford Science Festival, Otley Science Festival and Swansea Science Festival, to just name a few! Just make sure you take your ear plugs along, as the shows are known to get LOUD.
Tom “The Blowfish” Hird's debut book Blowfish's Oceanopedia about the hidden facts of the ocean, was published by Atlantic in October 2017.
Fishing Impossible (BBC Earth/ITV)
Blue Peter (CBBC)
The Cool Stuff Collective (CITV)
Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom (CBBC)
How to be Epic @ Everything (CBBC)
Sunday Brunch (Channel 4)
THE BLOWFISH LIVE!
The Blowfish is a popular biology and wildlife presenter who can bring some amazing creatures to your school or event.
For more information on his live shows please visit his website.