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Published on Dec 26, 2010
About Mike deGruy Mike deGruy was born on December 29, 1951 in Mobile, Alabama. It was here, at the confluence of 5 rivers, with an amazing delta flowing through rich swamps of alligators, birds of every flavor, fish, deer and snakes, all emptying into Mobile Bay and finally the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, that Mike gained his enthusiasm for the ocean -- a love that continues to this day. From an age earlier than he can remember, he was in the water, first as a swimmer, then springboard diver (which led to numerous national and international gold medals and a college scholarship), then on to SCUBA diving in the warm waters enveloping the Gulf Coast. There is no time in Mike's life when he was not fascinated by and embracing the natural world. He left Mobile to attend high school at Sewanee Military Academy, then to North Carolina State University where he received a BS in Marine Zoology.
For the last several years, in addition to continuing filmmaking, Mike has become a speaker, master of ceremonies and interviewer for a wide range of audiences. He has interviewed James Cameron, Sir David Attenborough, Al Gore and many others on stage and brings decades of experience of world travel, interactions with media broadcasters, dealings with foreign agencies, hundreds of ocean stories and tales of creatures great and small, to entertain his audiences. Mike has dived under the ice at both poles, been to all continents, become a submersible pilot, dived hundreds of times in many types of submersibles, filmed the hydrothermal vents in both the Atlantic and the Pacific and had more meals on the Titanic, now resting at 12,500 feet deep, than did the doomed passengers.
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