Jul 16, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

To explain Makatea may very well be impossible. Though the South Pacific holds many islands made from the remains of coral, few have raised up so majestically out of the sea, high enough to allow the patience of time to form a limestone cave below. With every step down into the darkness, the light of the sky disappeared. Masks and snorkels were adorned, and the thrill of heading into the unknown was had by all.

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Paul North

Undersea Specialist

Paul North is the founder of the educational nonprofit Meet the Ocean and host of its online podcast. As a polar diver with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic, he tours the remote underwater landscapes of Antarctica and other sub-zero destinations to emphasize the importance, diversity, and unexpected color of the invertebrate kingdom.

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