Founding president of USEA - Orques Sans Frontieres, Pierre is known as world class orca expert and international lecturer
He started spearfishing at the age of 8 and it is driven by the urge to catch his first fish that he discovered the underwater world. First practiced in hobby then in competition, this discipline enabled him to be captain of spearfishing french team for 3 years, european contest winner in 1997 and several time podium awarded.
From 40 years spent exploring the coasts of Europe, Pierre has accumulated a unique experience on various fish species, on seals, large whales, dolphins and overall orcas. Pierre made his first ORCA expedition in 1997 as guest and then became a permanent member of the Strømsholmen Team in 1999. In the last 19 years, he got about 5 500 succesfull UW interactions in close encounter mainly with orcas.
Designer of the USEA network, he is defined as a marine mammals / human being UW interaction's explorer and has been regularly sought by media companies producing wildlife documentaries such as Channel5 in "The great ocean adventure", and has participated in popular TV channel programs such as Thalassa, Canal +, NRK, ZDF, or in documentaries "watcher in the blue" and "Orca in Norway" by Olivier BROSSELIN (Ofish), "den spekkhoggeren rike " (in english: the kingdom of orcas) from FENRIS Film. He has directed "Voyage au pays des orques" and has been featured in "le peuple des orques" with Paul WATSON.
Able to snokel in coldest water with a simple 5mm wetsuit, he has also guided more than 1000 free divers during ORCA expeditions and some world-renowned UW photographers such as Franco BANFI, Amos NACHOUM, Olga MICHI, Espen REKDAL, Pascal BARIL, Jordi CHIAS, Nils AUKAN, Bartosz STRÖZINSKY, Alessandro De MADDALENA, Andy MURCH, Jenny PREREAU, Terry STEELEY, Juan OLIPHANT, Amanda COTTON, Alex MUSTARD, Gerardo DEL VILLAR, Annah EVIGTON, Ricardo CASTILLO ... several freediving champions such as Dada LI, Morgan BOURCH'IS, Ioanna DRIVA, ... or conservation personalities such as Ocean RAMSEY, Kathryn CURZON, Morgane TRUSSARDI or Sébastien LAGREE.
Pierre ROBERT de LATOUR
President & Founder
photo by Per EIDE