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“The Oceans are Dying” – An Interview with Sylvia Earle about Saving and Protecting the Seas

South African CoastsSylvia Earle, marine biologist and advocate for healthy oceans, was recently interviewed by Ian Frazier for Outside.

Earle, who is the author of South African Coasts: A Celebration of Our Seas and Shores and a number of other successful books, believes that the oceans are in serious trouble. She spoke about the various abuses of the earth that have left much of the oceans’ former beauty “dead and rotting” and which continue to wreak chaos and destruction on marine environments.

In an attempt to make a difference to the health of the planet, Earle has established Hope Spots – “protected places in the ocean where dumping, mining, drilling, fishing, and all other forms of exploitation are prohibited” – all over the world.

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Almost the first thing Sylvia Earle said to me was, “The oceans are dying.”

We were at a small dinner in Manhattan last fall, celebrating the New York premiere of a documentary about her called Mission Blue. As the world’s best-known oceanographer—Sylvia is to our era what Jacques Cousteau was to an earlier one—she feels a heavy responsibility. In her lifetime, she has seen the ocean damaged in ways humans never thought it could be. The ongoing disaster leaves her mournful, desolate, and sometimes scary to talk to. Since her first dive, in a sponge-diver’s helmet in a Florida river when she was 16, she has spent 7,000 hours, or the better part of a year, underwater. In the depths, swordfish and bioluminescent fish and humpback whales in midsong have swum by her, done a double take, and stopped to check her out. From her life’s experience, she has become no longer really terrestrial. She is like a super-apex sea creature that has somehow wound up on dry land and is walking around and telling everybody about the terminal ruin humans are inflicting on her home.

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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.”

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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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