Dani de Veer (they/them), aged 22, comes from a diverse heritage encompassing Cuban, Aruban, and Puerto Rican roots. Born in Aruba and raised between this small island paradise and the vibrant shores of South Florida, Dani’s lifelong connection to the ocean has shaped their journey.

Growing up amidst the sun-soaked beaches of Aruba and South Florida, Dani’s fascination with the ocean began early in life. The allure of the underwater world became a central theme, leading them to commit to its protection. Dani’s admiration for whales is rooted in their sheer beauty and significance as indicators of ocean health. Through in-depth research on whale populations and their interactions with the marine environment, Dani aspires to contribute to the conservation of these magnificent creatures. Furthermore, Dani’s heart is deeply invested in the protection of coral reefs, ecosystems teeming with vibrant marine life. These fragile habitats face threats from climate change and human activities. Dani is determined to be a part of research and conservation initiatives that help these vital ecosystems recover.

As a member of the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council, Dani de Veer is committed to raising awareness about the urgent need to protect our oceans. They firmly believe in the vital role of youth in shaping a sustainable future. Through advocacy and dedication, Dani inspires others to join the cause, fostering a global community of ocean conservationists.