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Explorer to Speak in Newport About Underwater Excursion

ExplorOcean will host a lecture Tuesday by Captain Scott Cassell, the head of a five-year mission to circumnavigate the world's oceans via manned submersible.

If you live in Newport Beach you likely see the ocean everyday, but did you know that only five percent of the sea has been explored?

Captain Scott Cassell, who is speaking in Newport Beach on Tuesday, plans to change that with an upcoming excursion.

On Tuesday Cassell will speak at ExplorOcean about the Undersea Voyager Project—a nonprofit mission to explore the earth’s oceans underwater, a total of 27,000 miles. Using manned submersibles, Cassell and the UVP team will explore the first 100-1,000 feet of seawater in oceans around the world. The project aims to discover new and existing species of marine life.

“This is an event for everyone,” says Leah Needham of ExplorOcean. “You’ll be able to learn about many different aspects of the ocean, as well as current events.”

Cassell’s previous missions shed light on how life on land affects life in the sea, and how crucial it is to protect the oceans. At Tuesday's lecture, Cassell will discusses his stories, his discoveries, and his fleet of manned submersibles.

Attendees might also hear about how Cassell once played fetch with a 900-pound tiger shark, how he completed a 30-mile dive from Catalina to San Pedro, or how he helped redesign and fix up a submersible that had spent 17 years rusting in someone’s backyard.

Cassell will hold two presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 and 7 p.m. in the ExplorOcean Steele Model Pavilion. The lecture is free for members or $15 for non-members. For more information, call 949-675-8915 or email rsvp@explorocean.org.

Get more information at explorocean.org.

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