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Dr. Sylvia Earle's Hawk Talk

Dr. Sylvia Earle. Mission Blue

Recently, legendary explorer and tireless ocean protector Dr. Sylvia Earle said something that caused me to rethink the kinds of seafood I put on my family’s dinner table.

Dr. Earle and her colleagues at Mission Blue fly with LightHawk to gain a big picture perspective of the ocean surface, to inform their work to protect the vibrant world beneath the waves. Dr. Earle’s passion for our blue planet, and its ocean wildlife, was palpable as she joined LightHawk’s annual Fly-In gathering.

Her remarks and recollections from 40 years of ocean exploration truly moved her audience of LightHawk volunteer pilots, partners and supporters gathered that evening on the coast of Maine. I was lucky enough to be in the front row and as I listened to her, I knew we needed to share her “Hawk Talk” with you.

Dr. Earle covered a lot during the hour she spoke, so, pour your favorite beverage, sit back and prepare to be inspired.

**Don’t miss these memorable moments:
At minute 3:00 she describes seeing the earth from above for the first time.
At minute 7:15 she begins to share images, and describes meeting a 62-year-old “sister” bird.
At minute 17:45, she talks about the jaw-dropping discoveries being made 300 feet below the surface.
Beginning at minute 47:28, she talks about being on The Colbert Report, seafood marketing spin and “Appalachian Yard Trout”.

After you watch this, help the oceans by sharing it with your friends and family, and let us know what you are doing to make a difference for ocean wildlife.

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