This weekend a geophysicist, a jellyfish venom expert, a doctor specializing in hyperbaric medicine, a professional photographer, a veteran Pacific Northwest Coast diver, a film crew, and a writer met at a marina just south of Seattle and set off into Puget Sound. The skies were pure blue and the temperatures so warm, that all parties were eager to jump in the water. It was Women’s Dive Day and what better way to celebrate?
George and Andrea from Ocean Quest took us to several snorkel/dive sites this weekend. One with a great view of the Seattle skyline.
I was excited about the Sedna Epic Expedition before this trip, but meeting the team members in person, seeing how knowledgeable they are and the eagerness in their eyes brought the whole trip to life for me.
We went snorkeling, diving, and learned to use Dive Xtras Piranha scooters. This was all a blast and I felt like a kid again as I reeled around in circles, flying past pilings and practicing figure eights all while listening to my new friends laughing in delight as they swung around behind their own piranhas.
The best part of the trip by far though, was meeting Susan, Angel, Caroline and Lisa all for the first time. What incredible women. I am just in awe of them.
Angel Yanagihara is a jellyfish venom expert. After a nasty encounter with a box jellyfish while swimming in Waikiki, the biochemist began researching and developing a treatment. After all of this experience, she was asked to accompany Diana Nyad on her legendary swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to Key West. Angel’s job was to swim along with Diana in the night to protect her from box jellyfish. Click here to listen to a TED Talk Angel gave!
Caroline has recently returned from an archaeological expedition in Mongolia! She is a doctor specializing in hyperbaric medicine and will be the expedition doctor in the Northwest Passage. Among her other accomplishments, Caroline has dived and snorkeled all over the world including Antarctica and has trekked to base camp on Everest.
Lisa is a professional photographer who is working to build awareness and create change to protect the Arctic through photography. Lisa will be heading up to the Arctic this August on Sylvia Earle’s Expedition: Elysium Artists for the Arctic. Learn more and view her amazing images here!
It was fun to meet Brad and Nick who filmed the adventure and let me pick their brains about camera equipment and past adventures. Brad has already spent a lot of time in the far north filming Ice Pilots and is full of wild stories.
And then of course there is Susan, the expedition leader, bringing all of these amazing people together from the far corners of the globe. She came up with the idea to snorkel the Northwest Passage after hearing about a sailboat that made it through a couple of years ago. Susan has explored the world’s oceans in the snorkel zone and has traveled to both the Arctic and Antarctica multiple times. She is a geologist, geophysicist, conservationist and journalist.
I feel completely humbled to be a part of this team and am eager to learn everything I can.
With a group of such incredible women, amazing things are sure to be accomplished. We are going to snorkel the 3,000 km Northwest Passage. We are going to build a platform to speak about ocean and climate change. We are going to work with the villages along the coast to learn more about how the environment is changing. We are going build an educational outreach program. We are going to inspire women and girls to think BIG. We are going to do it!
Follow us on Sedna’s facebook page to watch as the progress continues.