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'Mission Blue' explores life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle

'Mission Blue' explores life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle

The documentary "Mission Blue" chronicles the life's work of legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who served as chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration between 1990 and 1992 and has been an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998. She dedicated her academic career to canvassing uncharted territories for seaweed, and her attention is now on championing preservation of the seas.

Earle first experienced the ocean at age 12 when she moved with her family to a place near the Gulf of Mexico. At 78, she has logged more than 100 expeditions and 7,000 hours underwater. She held the solo deep-submersible dive record of...