Mike deGruy: Hooked by an octopus

Underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy has spent decades looking intimately at the ocean. In this TED Talk, he takes the stage at Mission Blue to share his awe and excitement–and his fears–about the blue heart of our planet.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford, UK, TED includes the TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference, and the annual TED Prize.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle was the winner of the 2009 TED Prize, which entitled her to make a wish.

“I wish you would use all means at your disposal–films! expeditions! the web! more!–to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet,” Earle said.

From April 6-10, the Mission Blue Voyage, a collaboration between Sylvia Earle and TED, took place in the Galapagos Islands. More than 100 guests and 25 speakers participated in a discussion on board the ship National Geographic Endeavour to help draw public attention to the urgent need for ocean protection.

Read National Geographic Fellow Enric Sala’s blog posts from the Mission Blue voyage.


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More than forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Max Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. In his 22-year career at National Geographic he was VP and editor in chief of National Geographic Digital Media, and the founding editor of the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directed the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. A regular expert on National Geographic Expeditions, David also lectures on storytelling for impact. He has 120,000 followers on social media: Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn