MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:
Skiles began diving when he was jus eight years old. He spoke to NPR earlier this year.
WES SKILES: The water world has just been a natural thing for me ever since I was born. I took to the water quite like a fish. I'm a Pisces, it kind of goes hand in hand.
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Wes Skiles was known as a passionate conservationist and a relentless explorer. He worked closely with scientists and National Geographic to study what had previously been inaccessible.
SKILES: I'm very appreciative of the fact that I'm in a very interesting niche world that is about true exploration and discovery.
MONTAGNE: Wes Skiles died on Wednesday. You can see his photos, including the National Geographic cover at npr.org.
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