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Everyone Back On Board

This just in from Ocean Now Team Member Rob McCallum aboard the Hanse Explorer:

“We are still at Starbuck Atoll, as we had seven people stuck ashore last night. We did send some food and shelter basics through the surf zone, but could not get them off the land with the deteriorating weather yesterday. We have just gotten everyone back on board at low tide this morning. Enric has a broken toe. (This happened 24 hours ago when he was arriving on the island, and then he had to put up with it there, as we could not get him back on the boat until the swell was calmer.)

“Also, there has been the usual: reef abrasions, one moray eel bite, and a swollen big toe on the chef—we hope he can still cook!”

Marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who combines science, exploration and media to help restore marine life. Sala’s scientific publications are used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine protected areas. 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

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