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Galen

GalenDeckhand

Hails from: Hawaiii
Currently lives in:
California
Favorite Place:
Halawa Bay, Molokai
Favorite Things to Do:
surf, hike, dive, explore and hang out with friends and family.

What/who inspires you as an activist?

I would say that the obvious decline in the environment and the many species that are suffering from our ignorance is something that inspires me. As far as people go I would say that my own mom has been very inspiring to me in her efforts in conservation.

Favorite Shark(s) and why?

I would say that hammerheads and whale sharks are my favorite. They are both very unique looking and have a wonderful pre-historic look and presence. But I find all sharks to be pretty beautiful animals.

If you could tell people one thing about about sharks and/or the oceans, what would it be?

I would tell them to get out into the ocean to see the amazing effect it can have on you as a person and then tell them that without action this huge and mesmerizing ecosystem is going to become dead and barren. I would also ask every person to see a shark up-close in the wild for themselves before making any assumptions that it is a man eating beast. I feel that if more people could experience sharks in person they would be more heavily protected.

Why are you on this campaign? What do you want to achieve?

I want to educated pacific islanders on the dying reefs around them and try and get the upcoming generation of children to be aware that without action it is possible that the ocean that their ancestors have relied on for hundreds of years could die off in their lifetime.

Tell us something surprising:

I used to be a horse jockey

Short Bio:

I spent most my childhood growing up in Virginia and Hawaii. I went to high school at Punahou School in Honolulu and will be returning to my third year at Stanford University in the fall. Ever since I can remember I have had a great love for the ocean and all the life that lives in and around it. Many of the decisions I have made in my life have been greatly influenced by being close to the ocean.

 

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