After growing up in a small fishing town with a grandfather who would take him out to nature reserves as a kid, Shaanan naturally had a massive fascination with wildlife. Later when he moved to the city of Aberdeen, Scotland, he decided to immerse himself in nature once again with recreational scuba diving as a hobby. After working 7 years in the Oil & Gas industry he recognised a disconnect between academia and the O&G industry regarding the marine environment.
As a Chartered mechanical engineer and diver, it was in his nature to study the issues and brain storm potential solutions. After spending countless hours of his spare time researching technologies and speaking with various governmental, academic, commercial, private and conservation groups, he finally identified the problem for him to focus on; reef rehabilitation.