Underwater footage by Lazaro Ruda at TheLivingSea.com


Shana Phelan

Originally from Columbus, Indiana, Shana graduated in 1998 from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with Marine Biology and Environmental Science Degrees. Weeks after graduating, she promptly moved to South Florida to explore the areas amazing coral reefs and pursue a career in diving. In 2003, she returned to the Carolinas where she completed her Masters Degree in Coastal Environmental Management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
She worked with the Loggerhead Marine Life Center as a Marine Biologist and Researcher studying endangered and threatened sea turtles including the elusive Leatherback for five years. In 2002, she was interviewed by The Discovery Channel in regards to her research, and in 2005 she worked with WIDECAST to create a Sea Turtle Trauma Response Field Guide which is now used throughout the Caribbean.
She returned to Pura Vida Divers in 2005 as a Co-owner alongside her husband and serves as the Administrator of the Palm Beach County Diving Association.  In 2013 she was selected to serve as a Team Member for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI).  In addition, Shana is a PADI Staff Instructor, DAN Instructor, EFR Instructor, and TDI Instructor.  On her days off, Shana enjoys introducing her 4 year old daughter to the beauty of Florida’s near-shore reefs by snorkeling, paddle boarding and exploring.
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