Dr. Sylvia Earle on why saving our oceans means saving ourselves

In the company of bioluminescent creatures, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle remains unphased when she’s so deep underwater that her blood starts looking green.

Truly a living legend, Dr. Earle has led more than 100 oceanic expeditions worldwide since donning one of the very first scuba tanks for her initial dive in 1953.

She led the first all-women team of aquanauts on NASA’s Tektite II mission in 1970, where they lived in an underwater habitat together for more than a week, and set a depth record for walking the ocean floor untethered at 1,250 feet in 1979. Their success laid the groundwork for the inclusion of women on space missions. And among numerous other achievements, she was the first female Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Due to her extensive work — and for clocking more than 7,000 hours underwater — Dr. Earle was given the…

Original published: 2019-01-09 12:00:19 Read the full Montreal News here


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