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‘I swim with great white sharks to harvest deadly sea urchins – and it doesn’t pay much’

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EXCLUSIVE: Dwane Herbert is one of just a few divers brave enough to harvest the delicacy known as spiky gold

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For many workers the daily grind feels very mundane as they count down the hours down until the weekend.

Nothing could be further from the truth for diver Dwane Hervert.

The 31-year-old is one of just a few brave souls who risk their lives every time they go to work in their search for ‘spiky gold’.

Dwane is a diver who spends his days in search of potentially deadly sea urchins.

The earned the nickname spiky gold because they are such a delicacy in Asian cuisine and can sell for huge amounts of money.

But for dad-of-two Dwane, from New Zealand, it’s all in a day’s work.

Not only does he have to contend with venemous sea urchins, which after 14 years of diving his body has now developed an allergy to, there are other predators in the sea Dwane has to be wary of.

He explained: “Great white sharks are always in the back of your mind. I’ve very recently had an encounter with one, just two weeks ago.

“He was a huge beast but he was very docile nd he was swimming round us and got really close up.

“You build up an appreciation for them – you have to respect them because as soon as you see one you have to realise that you’re the bottom of the food chain.”

Other terrifying beasts in the deep the divers regularly encounter include sea lions and seven gill sharks.

And it isn’t just the sea urchins and the ocean’s deadliest predators that Dwane and his diving colleagues have to be worried about.

Huge ocean swells can also prove deadly for these intrepid divers but this has always been the career Dwane wanted to follow.

He started diving when he was just seven and by the time he was 16 he knew he didn’t want to do anything else.

Dwane said: “My old man was a diver so I was always tagging along with him.

“I love getting away and being in the fjords with no one around – I just love the serenity.”

But the job doesn’t come without its professional challenges.

The day starts early with the crew getting the boat ready and then setting sail over night for the best place to harvest the spiky gold.

They’re usually in the water by 8am and dive using only snorkelling equipment.

Dwane said: “You can’t hold your breath for a long time – a minute or a minute and a half at most – because if you’re under for too long it means you need to spend more time on the surface.

“You’re up, down, up, down all day and you try to limit the amount of time you spend on the surface.”

Because the crew have to be ready to go as soon as a crop of sea urchins is spotted, making plans is impossible.

During November, which is their busiest time, Dwane had just four days in his own bed at home with his wife, Annabelle, and their two children, Coby and Eli.

And despite fetching £10 for just 200g of sea urchin, Dwane insists his dangerous job is far from lucrative.

He explained: “It’s  alot of work to get the parts of the sea urchin that we can sell, so it works out at no more than a normal salary.”

But the brave diver has no plans for a career change any time soon.

Spike Gold Hunters will be on Blaze at 9pm tonight.

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Prido: Beautiful Advert By Prince and Dorathy For VSP Botanics (Video/Photos)

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Big brother naija season 5 stars, Prince Nelson Enwerem and Dorathy Bachor featured in an amazing advert for VSP Botanics.

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Prince and Dorathy are both ambassadors for the skin care brand.

 

 

Prido advert

 

Fans and even non-fans of the realityTV stars have tagged the advert one of the best they’ve seen recently.

 

 

Dorathy and Nelson Enwerem have become very close after big brother naija reality show. Their families also have accepted their friendship and are also very close.

 

Prince is yet to publicly acknowledge a romantic relationship with Dora, however, it has become very obvious to their followers on social media that they are very much in love with each other.

 

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(PHOTOS/VIDEO)“I take helicopter rides and drive Rolls Royce”- Erica says as she shares videos and photos from her trip to Dubai

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Beautiful reality TV star, Erica Nlewedim is having the best time of her life right time. The actress is currently on a vacation sponsored by travel company, Travel Beta.

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Erica tweeted:

 

I take helicopter rides and then drive around the city in my rolls Royce by Travel Beta. You can do the same too

 

 

 

Earlier today, the reality star asked her followers to continuing supporting her even if she is no longer a part of the “Kiddrica” ship.

She tweeted:

 

“Are y’all only fans as long as there’s something to “ship”?

 

I’m only addressing this because I want peace and unity among my lovers and supporters. I appreciate you as long as I AM ENOUGH for you to support. Thank you and love you.”

 

A fan commented:

 

“Shippers sebi you see the sentence I AM ENOUGH,get that into your shipping skull and if she is not enough for you to support without tagging someone with her,just cross over to the other side.thanks for your support all this while”

 

 

 

WATCH THE VIDEO OF ERICA IN DUBAI

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When You Ignore Them it Frustrates Them. They’re Literally Looking For Your Attention – Erica (Details)

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One of the participants of the fifth edition of the Bbnaija show who was disqualified before the show ended, Erica Nlewedim Popularly known as Erica has taken to her official Twitter handle to talk about attention seekers.

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“When you ignore them it frustrates them. They’re Literally Looking For your attention, why do you give it to them?” She asked.

Seems like a lot of things have been going on with the Bbnaija star recently, and she even said she wanted to leave Twitter for a while sometimes back.

Most of the Bbnaija stars, and other celebrities go through a lot of trolling on social media, but Erica has advised her fans to always ignore negativity and violence.

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“I Want A Baby”- Kidwaya Says

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  • Billionaire’s son, Terseer Waya aka Kiddwaya has revealed that he needs a baby. The reality TV star posted this on his snapchat.

 

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Few days ago, Kiddwaya opened up about his love life. According to him, he is still looking for love.

 

No i am not. People think I’m a playboy because I’m gentle, nice and good looking. I am just nice to women and know how to treat them.”

 

The fact that i have a lot of women around me does not mean i am a playboy. If i want to get married today, i would do that. And if i want to date a girl i will also do that.”

 

If i want to get married, i will be committed to a long-term marriage. I don’t think i have a love life. I think i have a life and I’m trying to find love”

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“Taking the much deserved break i need to just relax”- Erica Jets Off To Dubai For Vacation (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

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Big brother naija star, Erica Nlewedim has jet off to Dubai for a vacation sponsored by travel company, Travelbeta.

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Erica

 

Her words:

 

“I’m in the mood to jet off somewhere, take the much deserved break I need and just relax. Who better to fix me up good than my number 1 travel plug @travelbeta!”

 

“My dear elites I’d be taking over @travelbetas’s IG page for the next couple of days head on there to catch me live in Dubai and Accra living my best life. You know how we do “😉

 

Erica Nlewedim bbnaija

 

The actress recently advised her fans to ignore all forms of negative energy online, and also not insult anyone in her name. She informed her twitter followers, that she will be taking a break from the platform because she has lost her joy being there.

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Dorathy complains over limited parking space while visiting Mercy Eke (Video)

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In a video which has gone viral on social media, Dorathy Bachor, bbnaija 2020 1st runner up, could be seen ranting as she approached Mercy Eke in her house.

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Dorathy

 

Dorathy Bachor complained over limited parking space while on a visit to her colleagues house, Mercy Eke.

 

According to Dorathy, the entire parking space in the residential area is occupied with cars leaving her with the option of parking far away from Mercy’s apartment.

 

Mercy Eke

The CEO of Lambo homes, Mercy , laughed at Dorathy’s comment, followed by  complimenting her on how cute she looked.

 

 

Few days ago, Mercy lashed out at Titans and Ninjas, fans of Tacha and Nengi.

 

She tweeted:

 

I don’t even tag my IG friends here and my snap fam are not from bbn. Like why do i press y’all so hard like this…..in 1 million years to come . I’m still that fucking rich bitch y’all wish your collective favourites will be in 10 million years to come, no cap”

Friendship is not by force, I’m not sharing money na. What’s this desperados thing naaa? I know say na me dey give una life…..lambo with star power, lambo the star maker, lambo the prototype, without lambo their nothing is selling”

I can hardly remember this forgotten dingbat. Can i enjoy my new year in peace? Y’all are still nothing, bunch of wannabes, there can only be one Mercy Eke and thats me, the person you wish you or your favourite can be”

 

“FRIENDSHIP IS NOT BY FORCE, OKAY”

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“How Much Do You Get Paid To Be Inhuman?,” -Tacha Asks Bbnaija Fans

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Reality TV star and entrepreneur, Tacha has lamented over the inhuman behaviors of online trolls, especially the fans of bbnaija.

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Tacha stated that she can’t believe that cyberbullies and trolls are typing RIP DELE, a guy who went missing and was discovered to have committed suicide yesterday.

 

In a series of tweet, Tacha wrote:

 

“I Can’t believe cyber bullies and Trolls are typing RIP DELE.

But It won’t even take till tomorrow morning and your clown asses will be in comment sections wishing people you don’t like death!! Be kind with your words!!! Depression is REAL.”

 

 

“You go around wishing death on people, people struggling through life, People bottling themselves up!
People only trying to survive, people who just wants a better life for themselves! all for a SHOW! A show you don’t make coins from!
May NEMESES CATCH UP WITH YOU!”

“We went through a tough 2020! It’s alarming how lessons weren’t learnt..
you turn to real life Devils to prove how much you hate, you lose your sense of reasoning, you lose your conscience! All for a SHOW?!
Tell me, How”

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