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THROUGH SYLVIA’S LENS

Before Sylvia Earle addresses a crowd, the famed oceanographer is sometimes asked how she’d like to be introduced. “Oh, I don’t know,” she says, ducking the question dozens of times each year. “Just tell them: here’s Sylvia.” Or instead you could pull a few lines from a list of achievements thick enough to float on: Earle is perhaps the most accomplished marine scholar, explorer, author, and lecturer since the original “fish man” Jacques Cousteau. Known as “Her Deepness,” she has been a founder of three companies, the chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a long-time National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, leading more than 100 expeditions to sea—and beneath it. Among her latest efforts: a campaign to create a global network of marine protected areas—”Hope Spots,” large enough to help the ocean repair itself—and a push to build a pair of “all-ocean” depth submersibles, a step toward a world where, as she puts, “no child stays dry.” Until then, here’s a peek inside Earle’s personal photo album, images from a life spent under the sea.
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