This ocean lover’s unconventional path to marine biology
by Gádor Muntaner, marine scientist and Lenovo innovator
Northampton, MA –News Direct– Lenovo
Origin of life and provider of the oxygen we breathe, the ocean has given us so much without asking for anything in return, which is why I felt the need to give back to it from an early age.
Our planet Earth is made up of more than 70% water. Yet our society has caused us to live in a small bubble of work, goals, ambitions, family and friends – so much so that we forget that we share this big house alongside many other living beings. with which we must learn to coexist. The ocean, this great unknown of which we do not yet know much, produces 50% of the Earth’s oxygen and is home to the greatest biodiversity. Our survival as human beings depends on the survival of the oceans. For this reason, and because of my infinite love of the sea, I have decided to dedicate my personal and professional life to its protection.
Diving headfirst into a new career path
The best gift we can give ourselves is to dedicate our lives to what excites us, no matter what that may be. When we do what we love, we get great results that leave behind a better world than we found.
I spent years studying subjects my heart was never fully invested in – all to “do what I was supposed to do” in order to earn a good living. Then I decided to drop everything and travel to the Canary Islands to study marine science – a wonderful discipline that focuses on the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the sea. As a complement to my studies, I makes experiencing underwater life a priority. So I got several scuba certifications until I became an instructor – all so I could introduce others to one of life’s greatest gifts: the underwater world.
Giving voice to a widely feared species
Of all the wonderful creatures that inhabit the ocean, it was the sharks that particularly caught my attention.
The first time I swam with a shark, all my preconceptions were shattered. What I thought was an intimidating and stressful ocean monster was, in reality, a harmless creature of beauty. I will never forget the innocent look he gave me and the great sense of peace I felt as I contemplated nature’s perfect creation before me.
That’s when I decided to be the voice of the sharks. I sought to reveal their truth to the world by highlighting their innocence and the critical role they play in marine ecosystems.
Not only do sharks hypnotize beings, but they are also extremely important ecologically. As apex predators, they are at the top of the food chain, which means they regulate the populations of other species while maintaining the balance of the ecosystem. Without them, this balance is upset and the health of our oceans (in addition to our personal well-being) is severely affected.
Not your traditional desktop setup
It can be difficult to describe my daily routine as a marine biologist because every day is different. But if one thing is certain, it’s that I can call the ocean my office – and it’s spacious too! Yes, it’s a very large and diverse office that stretches from the warm waters of Mexico to the icy tides of the Antarctic Ocean.
Recent research on sharks required me to spend several days at sea in remote areas. This can involve camping on deserted and hostile islands, tagging sharks to track their migrations, and taking tissue samples to analyze for contaminants.
I also consider disclosure to be a very important part of my job. While science can enable changes in the laws that regulate and protect the oceans, it is necessary for everyone to understand the importance of marine conservation in order to achieve monumental global change. This is precisely why one of my main goals is to translate this message to all types of audiences while bringing people closer to the ocean so they can understand, love and protect it.
Spend my life making waves
I enjoy participating in conferences and preparing workshops wherever I go, whether in schools, universities, on dive boats, etc. I also participate in documentaries and all the media that help spread the message of the ocean. If you can, I recommend that you take part in special diving expeditions. Not only do they let you have fun, but you also gain knowledge about the things you see and their importance to the marine ecosystem. I consider myself lucky to live in a time when advances in technology have broken down most barriers to learning. Today’s technology knows no boundaries and allows information to reach almost anyone. Smarter, more reliable technology helps accelerate and facilitate change to a better world. Thanks to the support of Lenovo, I get closer to achieving my mission every day.
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