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8 Marine Biologists Who Are Ridiculously Good-Looking

Is anything better than a beautiful person who knows a lot about fish? Here are 8 famous marine biologists whose good-looks are deep as the Mariana Trench.

Is there anything more perfect than a beautiful person who knows a lot about fish and stuff?

Here are eight marine biologists whose good-looks are as deep as the Mariana Trench.

Luke Tipple

Marine biologist, host, producer and typical Australian hunk, Luke Tipple has been dealing with sharks long before he landed appearances on the Discovery Channel, CNN and Bravo. Tipple grew up in Adelaide – not surprisingly it’s a hub for Great White Sharks – went to university for marine biology and landed his first job tagging Whale Sharks in Honduras. To make hearts flutter even more Tipple just announced the launch of his first children’s book. It’s called “Shark’s Don’t Scare Me.”

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Samantha Craven

The coolest thing about Sam Craven might be this post from her Facebook profile: “Look who collected a whale shark poo sample today.” The announcement is accompanied by a photo of herself beaming while holding up the said sample. Craven became “smitten” with the ocean and marine life while vacationing in her mother’s native country, the Philippines. She is now coaching young marine conservationists through U.K. organization Zoox.


Ryan Johnson

Marine biologist Ryan Johnson might just be “Entourage” actor Adrian Grenier’s long lost brother. Not only do they share a love for the ocean – Grenier is producing the documentary 52: The Mystery of the Loneliest Whale – they also share the same good looks of dark tousled hair and piecing eyes. Johnson is a New Zealand-born shark expert who has produced several of his own films such as “Shark Tribe,” which explores the practice of “shark calling” in New Guinea.


Christie Wilcox

Christie Wilcox is a woman of many talents and titles: A marine biologist, social media specialist and writer who is also a post-doctoral scholar. The tattoo-clad and self-confessed nerd also rewrites well-known songs in the name of science. Check out “Extinction’s a Bitch” set to the tune of “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks or “PhD,” which is set to Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire.”

Mark Royer

A good percentage of Mark Royer’s Facebook photos have a cameo from some type of shark – swimming with shark, removing the contents of shark’s stomach, tagging shark, shark this, shark that. It’s all part of his research at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology where he is a graduate student researching how sharks do in tropical waters.


Mariana Fuentes

A summary of Mariana Fuentes is as follows: A sun-kissed Brazilian living in Australia who has dedicated her life to the conservation of sea turtles. Fuentes’s work has brought her all over the world from Kenya to Barbados to Vanuatu. She is currently a research fellow at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia.


Andrew Nosal

Andrew Nosal is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in San Diego. His interests are sharks and rays and their seasonal migration, aggregation behavior and sexual segregation.

Sarah Richmond

This young and talented marine biologist with girl-next-door good looks has already created her own documentary series that introduces fellow Australians to shark species that live in the waters off the island nation. Sarah Richmond is only two years out of her marine biology and eco tourism degree at Australia’s Griffith University and is hoping to bring the documentary project “Sarah Shark” to an international audience.

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