Stories can save the oceans, says biologist and author

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USF St. Petersburg overlooks the harbor. But in our day-to-day existence on the ground, do we really consider the life below the surface of the water?

Helen Scales, who spoke in the University Student Center ballroom Feb. 6, thinks that many people can’t answer the question of why oceans matter.

“We’ve reached this point now where it’s important for as many people as possible to know — and I mean really know — why the oceans matter,” she said. “The oceans face greater threats than they ever have before.”

Scales is a marine biologist, author and broadcaster from the U.K. She grew up in a southwest London suburb, a place she describes as “a long way from the sea,” but spent family holidays in the rocky coastal region of Cornwall, England.

“As a kid, I was very used to spending time on beaches, rock pooling, hunting for seashells and generally just being by the sea,” Scales said. “Over those holidays, the ocean really flooded into my mind and it stayed there.”

Her connection to the ocean led her to seek a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.


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