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National Geographic Emerging Explorer Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. Asha is the first Sri Lankan to earn a Ph.D. in marine mammal research; founded the nonprofit Oceanswell; and runs the Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project, which is the first long-term study of blue whales in the region. She is passionate about inspiring the next generation of ocean heroes and through her work, hopes to change the current marine conservation model. Asha’s work has been showcased by the BBC, the New York Times, CNN, WIRED UK, and TED. Asha will join both departures of the Bali high school expedition in Pemuteran.