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Ocean Talk by National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle, the first National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, will present her passionate plea for the oceans in a special lecture on Thurs., Jan. 24 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. At the frontier of deep-ocean exploration for four decades, the pioneering diver/marine biologist has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide, logging 6,000 hours under water. The former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) now heads Mission Blue, a worldwide alliance for ocean protection. She was Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet,” holds the women’s record for deepest solo submersible dive, and is founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), a marine consulting company that aims to engineer creative solutions to underwater exploration problems. Last summer, she co-led the final mission to the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea lab. (Opened in 1993, Aquarius’ future is in jeopardy after losing its federal funding in September 2012.) Earle is an inspiration for children interested in the marine world, so her Aquarium lecture is a family-friendly event. Her talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater.

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Ryan Odinak