We've only explored about 5% of our ocean. There are great discoveries yet to be made down there - fantastic creatures representing millions of years of evolution and possibly bioactive compounds that could benefit us in ways we can't even imagine.
I just was mesmerized by all of this life everywhere I looked. And so I wanted to be a marine biologist.
Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let's all go exploring.
I loved anything to do with animals from a very early age.
I never, ever would have imagined the kind of career I've had. It just wouldn't have occurred to me that anything like this could have been possible. I didn't have any such aspirations. And I still can't believe my good fortune.