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January 4, 2005
National Geographic Underwater Photographer to Present Photography, Share Stories at January 28 Falmouth Forum

WOODS HOLE, MA—National Geographic Magazine contributing photographer Brian Skerry will share the stories and anecdotes behind some of his underwater photographs at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL) Falmouth Forum on Friday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole. Skerry’s presentation, titled “Shipwrecks and Seamonsters - An Underwater Photojournalist's World,” is sponsored by the Associates of the Marine Biological Laboratory and is free and open to the public.

Working in a wide variety of underwater environments, Skerry is best known for pursuing elusive subject matter from marlin and tuna, to shipwrecks, to dozens of species of sharks.  In the course of his career he has been nipped by a shark, chased by a sperm whale, "stabbed" by a German U-Boat, lost at sea, and once surfaced in a blizzard from a dive in 28-degree water to witness his dive boat sinking.

Skerry’s presentation will take the audience with him on assignment and into the sea, guiding them through 16th century pirate shipwrecks and the claustrophobic interiors of sunken World War II German U-Boats. His undersea odyssey will trek the chilly waters of the Gulf of Maine to Australia, South America, Europe, and beyond.  Skerry will feature images from his most recent National Geographic Magazine stories: “Aquarius Habitat,” for which he lived on the bottom of the sea for seven days, “Harp Seals,” which provides a close-up view of these magical animals living above and beneath drifting pack ice in Canada, and “Squid,” featuring the research of MBL Senior Scientist, Roger Hanlon, which examines the beauty and beast-like qualities of these amazing sea creatures.  Throughout his presentation, Skerry will share the stories and anecdotes behind the photographs as well as the challenges involved in underwater photojournalism.

In addition to National Geographic, Skerry’s images have also been featured in magazines such as People, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, BBC Wildlife, and Smithsonian.  He is the author/photographer of Complete Wreck Diving and A Whale On Her Own – The True Story Of Wilma The Beluga Whale and was the principal photographer for Lost Subs.  His latest book, Successful Underwater Photography (with Howard Hall) was published in the fall of 2002.

Admission to this Falmouth Forum presentation is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and are available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25.   All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL’s Associates Liaision at 508-289-7281.

The MBL Associates were founded in 1944 to provide an opportunity for friends of the Laboratory, both scientists and non-scientists, to support the MBL.  Over the years the Associates have taken on a wide range of projects, including providing fellowships for young scientists, supporting the MBL/WHOI Library, renovating the Lillie Auditorium, and landscaping the Whitman-Loeb quadrangle on the Woods Hole campus.  The Associates also help bring the work of the Laboratory to a broader public by sponsoring the Falmouth Forum Series and operating the MBL Gift Shop.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Laboratory.

Remaining lectures in the series are below.

February 11, 2005
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
William Taubman, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner

March 4, 2005
America in a Dangerous World
H.D.S. Greenway, Columnist, Boston Globe

March 25, 2005
Visiting the Family: Rare Primates of the World
Connie Rogers, author and book editor


The Marine Biological Laboratory is an independent scientific institution, founded in 1888, dedicated to improving the human condition through basic research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. MBL hosts research programs in cell and developmental biology, ecosystems studies, molecular biology and evolution, neurobiology, behavior, global infectious diseases and sensory physiology. Its intensive graduate-level educational program is renowned throughout the life sciences. The MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the western hemisphere.