A former shark enthusiast who has been a prominent advocate for the sanctuaries of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has died in hospital.
In his final message on Twitter, Jack O’Brien, a former marine biologist and marine biologist-in-training, said he had “no regrets” about the way he lived his life and would never do anything to damage the world’s best protected marine environment.
“No regrets about what I did, not the people I hurt, nor the animals I killed.
I loved the Great Barrier,” Mr O’Briens tweet read.”
For the sake of all living beings, I hope I don’t destroy the world, the oceans, the reef, and all living things.”
Mr O’Boern, who was born in New South Wales, had been living in the Australian city of Perth for the past two years and had recently been involved in an online discussion on the Great Australian Bight and other reef issues.
He had started a fundraising campaign to raise money for Great Barrier Island in his last message.
“I don’t regret anything I did.
I think of the animals, the fish, the plants, the birds,” he wrote.”
And I don and I will forever cherish the way I lived my life.
The people I helped, and the environment I visited.”
Mr Olofsson’s funeral was held at the St Mary’s Church in Perth, the same church where Mr O ‘Brien once spoke at a public meeting on the reef.
“He loved the environment, he loved the animals,” Mr Olofsson’s son James Olofson said.
“We don’t want to lose him, but we just want him to be remembered as a hero.”