Thessalonike Girls

Thessalonike Girl: Janelle Van Ruiten

Thessalonike Girl: Janelle Van Ruiten

  Janelle is a marine biologist and activist from California. We interviewed this Thessalonike Girl about her recent adventures in Egypt and plans for her future dive brand, Dive Cipactli. T: If you could honestly choose to live permanently underwater, would you? JVR:  Of course, 100%, most definitely yes! T: What are the top three places you're dying to visit? JVR: Ohh thats hard. I have so many, but top the three currently would be Maldives, Norway, and Tahiti. PHOTO: KYLER BADTEN T: How did the environmental issues in Egypt affect you? JTR: The environmental issues in Egypt really put things into perspective for me. You can’t blame the...

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Thessalonike Girls: Kayleigh Burns

Thessalonike Girls: Kayleigh Burns

  All images by Cam Grant Photography. Kayleigh is a conservationist and freediver who works as a safety diver on One Ocean Diving, changing peoples' perceptions about sharks everyday. T: If you were given the option to live permanently in the sea, would you take it? KB: So selfishly I would love to say yes, that I would live in the sea just me and my love for the rest of our days. I can’t dream of a better way to learn the secrets of the deep than to explore it forever. My moments spent in the ocean are the...

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Thessalonike Girl: Francesca Page

Thessalonike Girl: Francesca Page

Francesca Page is an artist and diver creating powerful pieces of art to inspire people to become more involved in marine conservation.  T: How did you begin painting? Was it something you’ve done since you were a child or did it come later in life? FP: I have always created, from the moment I could pick up a paintbrush and pencil. Its something I have always loved and from the moment go, I knew I wanted to be an artist. I was lucky to have a mum who was an artist and my parents have always been super supportive of my creative...

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Thessalonike Girl: Melinda Brown

Thessalonike Girl: Melinda Brown

PHOTO BY SCOTT PORTELLI Melinda Brown is a diver, conservationist, and the current OWUSS Australasian Rolex Scholar.   T: If you were given the option to live permanently in the sea, would you take it?  MB: Dolphinately. The underwater world is so incredible. Every time I put on my mask and jump in I see something new, something amazing. Imagine if you could live there permanently! I remember watching Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, and it showed her living in a house under the ocean with a group of other ladies for a few weeks while they did research. They would...

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Thessalonike Girl: Maya Santangelo

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Thessalonike Girl: Maya Santangelo

MAYA PHOTOGRAPHED BY DANNY COPELAND Maya Santangelo is a Rolex scholar, dive instructor, marine biologist, and ocean lover. T: If you were given the option to live permanently in the sea, would you take it? M: There are certainly some days where I wish I had gills, no doubt about that. On the other hand, there are days where I’m so grateful that I have the ability and opportunity to speak up and do things for those that don’t have a voice. If I knew that I had done everything I possibly could to do good for the ocean, I would. Until...

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