Thessalonike Girls

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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Thessalonike Girl Katie Pentz

Thessalonike Girl Katie Pentz

PHOTO BY LAURA BABAHEKIAN T: If you were given the option to live permanently in the sea, would you take it? KP: I’ve always said that I want to be a Manatee. I could eat all the ocean plants my belly desires, mosey around all day, and look incredibly cute no matter how much algae is growing on my back. But being asked this question, I’m not positive that I would trade what I’ve got for that. My deep passion for the ocean arose from growing up landlocked, and then discovering the endless wonder that the sea provides. Sometimes when...

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