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I have touched coral, and it feels hard like a rock, with a little slimy thing on top of it. But it is better to not touch coral, to prevent damaging it.
I dream of diving in two places where I have not been yet. One is Antarctica, because of its crystal clear waters and amazing fauna, in addition to the ice cathedrals. The other is the Arctic, where I'd like to see the northernmost kelp forests.
Sometimes I think I don't need a vacation because I do what I like to do. I am very fortunate!
When I was a kid, Jacques Cousteau was my hero and the person who inspired me to become an underwater explorer. I have many other people who inspired me after him, but he is still my all-time hero.
Fish banks are areas we set aside without fishing, reserves where we allow marine life to come back.
The ocean is like a checking account where everybody withdraws but nobody makes a deposit. This is what's happening because of overfishing.
The seas need their own Kyoto Protocol.
The Ocean Health Index is like the thermometer of the ocean. It will allow us to take the temperature to know what is going on at the global level, trying to integrate different impacts, including overfishing, invasive species, coastal development, and climate change.
A marine ecologist is a scientist who studies the many species that live underwater and how they interact with each other and with humans.
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