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Karin & Divemaster Diving with Rajan the Elephant (Photo courtesy of Marcu “Jimi” Ivan)

Karin Photographing Puffer, Barren Island (Photo courtesy of Marcu “Jimi” Ivan)

Karin, Rajan Elephant & Rickshaw (Photo courtesy of Marcu “Jimi” Ivan)

Karin Sinniger, 48, successfully scuba dived with an elephant in February in the Andaman Islands, India, to set a world record for scuba diving in the most countries. India was the 115th country she dived in.

“I’ve been shot at by African border guards; dogged crocodiles, hippos and great white sharks; dived under the ice with Santa Claus, in volcano craters, in caves, trains and submarines” said Sinniger. “But diving with a retired logging elephant was a unique experience.”

Rajan, 63, used to be forced into the sea to help the timber trade. Today, he only goes into the sea if he feels like it. “The first day Rajan only wanted to be in the water for two minutes. He was not forced to stay longer. Since the dive operator who owns him is ethical and they don’t want to turn him into a circus act, they limit the number of dives he does a year to just 12. I had to wait a week to  dive with him again and the second time he was in the water for 24 minutes. I was a beautiful expereince” said Sinniger.

The Swiss, US and British (Hong Kong) citizen has been diving since 1992 and has logged over a 1,000 dives. She lives in Angola where she decompresses by practicing law when she is not diving.

A long-time patron of the award winning charity Blue Ventures, Ms. Sinniger hopes to raise awareness for the deteriorating condition of aquatic life globally.

She began her world record quest in 2005. “I travel a lot for business and decided that I would always try to combine a business trip with a visit to a new country to dive,” Sinniger said. She intends to continue marrying her interests in traveling and diving. Her next dive destination will be in Peru in April, where she will dive with sea lions

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