Some stories are more extraordinary than others and the one of 14-year-old Pascal Datler, even more so.
As a real life embodiment of “Life of Pi” (minus the tiger), Pascal spent his childhood on a boat on the Great Barrier Reef in complete symbiosis with nature.
“I’m just connected to it, like I’m supposed to spend all my time here,” he says.
“It nearly killed me, but the only thing I was thinking was when can I get back in the water.”
His story, recently captured by Australian film maker Justin McMillan as an entry into the 1 Day in Paradise competition, won the jury’s hearts and the grand prize of AUD$75,000.