Captain Vaughn "Selassie" Thomas was born and grew up in Carriacou and is the lead guide for Natural Mystic Tours and Expeditions. He has been sailing for more than 25 years throughout the Caribbean, Western Europe, Northwest Africa, and has crossed the Atlantic four times. After living in the Azores for one year, and Sweden for seven years, he returned to his roots in Carriacou. When he is not sailing you can usually find him fishing, doing boat maintenance or collecting population data on birds. He is very skilled in bird identification, navigation, boat-building and still makes good use of paper charts, constellations and stars for navigation. As a result of his efforts to document biodiversity in the Grenadines, he is a published co-author on several peer-reviewed scientific articles and has been featured in various media outlets.