Because of Her Story
I tagged along on dives in the Weeki Wachee River in Florida in the 1950s. I borrowed a helmet from a next-door neighbor.
I am a witness, an observer of natural systems. The reduction of life in the sea is one of the great changes I have seen. Ninety percent of the big fish, and the small ones too, have disappeared in half a century.
When people ask, “How do you want your tuna?” I say I want them alive. Every tuna counts. And maybe actions I take can secure a future where we both can be here together.
Sylvia Earle’s research samples are at the Smithsonian. They will be used to tell her story and other women’s stories of understanding and co-existing with nature.
Photo: Sylvia Earle diving at Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, Mission Blue © Kip Evans
Content: Laura Hambleton interview with Sylvia Earle, 2018, Smithsonian
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