The American oceanographer Sylvia Earle said today upon arrival in Oviedo that it is a "great honor" to be distinguished with the Princess of Asturias Award of Concord 2018 for defending the oceans at this moment in history.
Speaking to reporters at the entrance of the Hotel de la Reconquista in Oviedo, where she has been received by the director of the Princess of Asturias Foundation, Teresa Sanjurjo, Earle has shown her gratitude for this "immense honor" that has been granted.
He also said he expects to know more about the region in the coming days and talk about the sea, his "favorite topic".
Known as "the lady of the deep", Earle, 83, has been awarded this award for her work in favor of the conservation of the oceans, one of the environmental challenges of our time.
The one that was considered "Hero of the planet" by Time magazine in 1998 has been recognized with this award for its dedication for more than six decades to the exploration and investigation of the oceans, the knowledge of the seabed and the integral conservation of the seas
The jury minutes also highlighted the awareness of the importance of the oceans as a common wealth.
Earle, who will receive this award next Friday from the hands of King Philip VI, is considered one of the great explorers of the twentieth century, and managed to lead the first team of women who lived under the sea in the waters of the Virgin Islands for two weeks
During his career he has directed more than 60 expeditions around the world, with more than 6,500 hours of immersion, and has collaborated in the study of the damages caused by oil spills.
With more than one hundred expeditions and a record of solo diving at 1,000 meters, Earle joins the list of winners of the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, such as the European Union, Unicef, Adolfo Suárez and Stephen Hawking, among others. .