Patrick Webster is a marine media monkey politely pushing pixels as an underwater photographer and marine science communicator based out of Monterey Bay, California. Raised in the foothills of the French Alps and on the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden, Patrick fell in love with the ocean from a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California when he was five years old. Awestruck by the rescued sea otters diving and blowing bubbles just behind the glass, he knew that whatever *this* is, *that* is what he was going to do—and so began his quest to become some form of marine mammal himself.
After successfully sliming his way through marine biology and scientific diving classes as a UC Santa Cruz SCUBA Slug, Patrick has spent the last decade combining subtidal storytelling and his word asso-sea-ocean syndrome to entertain and educate about the wonders of our water world—with the kelp cathedral and its tasteful nudibranchs as his muse. Patrick’s passion to see the sea shared from the seashore has now grown into an award-winning science communication career at Monterey Bay Aquarium and as “@underwaterpat” online, with creations featured by National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, The New York Times, BBC, TEDx and more. Patrick hopes that his work can joyfully bring his fellow “Earthlings” closer to the wonders of the Inner Space of Planet Ocean, to help inspire conservation of our pale blue dot on its storied journey around the sunfish.