Aleena Jacobs coral restoration

Aleena Jacobs grabs coral fragments to replant elsewhere.

Despite having a rare condition that makes her allergic to water contact, Aleena Jacobs, 13, regularly participates in scientific scuba diving across the country.

Through programs like SCUBAnauts, Aleena and other youths directly contribute to marine life conservation, going underwater to replant coral fragments in areas where reefs have diminished.

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Aleena Underwater

ABOVE: Aleena Jacobs grabs coral fragments to replant elsewhere.

LEFT: Aleena Jacobs is active in a coral restoration project.

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