Diving into The Cove


Bates Littlehales © 2008 National Geographic

Sylvia Earle is an all encompassing human. As she describes the events of her life, we feel both envy and awe. Her courage and empathy is spun from gold and her curiosity cultivates significant change. A pioneer in oceanography, Sylvia Earle has paved the way for marine-biology and for the progression of women in this field of study.

Mission Blue is a thought-provoking documentary that delves into the life and work of Sylvia Earle. As we follow Earle’s relationship with the ocean, we crave the sensation of plunging into the enigmatic sea, however we also feel a rising guilt; guilt for docility, guilt for apathy and guilt for selfishness. Considering the amount of awareness of environmental adversity that subsists in developed nations, it is surprising how passive I have been about these issues. Learning about Sylvia Earle’s unconditional love for the ocean and the creatures it inhabits evoked a new interest and concern for her passions. “I love being a part of their world. They’re completely innocent of anything humans do.”

Researching into Sylvia Earle, I find her intolerance for bureaucratic faffing on environmental change very admirable. Earle left her position as Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration due to her strong beliefs and desire to venture out on her own. After leaving NOAA in 1992, Earle established the Deep Ocean Exploration and Research ( DOER Marine) an initiative to aid in the progression of marine engineering. Currently, the DOER Marine, designs, operates and builds machines for deep-sea environments. Moreover, Sylvia Earle has been greatly involved in the Google Earth – Explore the Oceans project that creates a virtual world for us to discover the oceans of the world.

Sylvia Earle is more than a great oceanographer; she is an ambassador for the world’s oceans.


One thought on “Diving into The Cove

  1. I found your post very interesting. When we had watched the video on her in class I was amazed at all she had accomplished in her lifetime, all the barriers she had ripped to shreds for her fellow women scientists but unfortunately I didn’t have extra time to research her on my own. I was intrigued by her involvement in the Mission Blue project and wonder if she is still working on projects such as that.

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