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Sylvia Earle Speaks About the Beauty and Importance of the Ocean From 450 Metres Underwater (Video)

South African CoastsAs a world-famous oceanographer and founder of Mission Blue, Sylvia Earle has had many interviews. But for World Oceans Day this year she went above and beyond the norm, or rather below and beyond.

For an interview filmed by Kip Evans, Earle took a trip 450 metres below the ocean’s surface in Undersea Hunter’s DeepSee submersible – a vehicle designed specifically for underwater observation.

Earle spoke about the importance of looking below the surface to understand the ocean fully. She also marvelled at the sheer beauty from the DeepSee submersible: “It’s so blue. I’m trying to describe how many shades of blue; there are no names for most of them.”

Watch the video:

Mission Blue: Beyond Blue from Kip Evans on Vimeo.


Gabriela Diaz wrote an article about the significant interview for The Tico Times:

“Most of the ocean is cold and dark. Most of what is known about the ocean is in that upper 1,000 feet or so. You look at a spot on the map and if you only know what’s at the surface you don’t really know what’s going on, any more than you would know about New York City if you just looked at the tops of the buildings. It’s really important to have information about what’s in the deep sea,” said world-renowned oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle during an interview shot 1,000 feet underwater at Cocos Island, Costa Rica’s most remote territory located in the Pacific Ocean.

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