Marine Conservationist | TV Host | Mocha Mermaid

Meet Danni




Miami native with Jamaican roots, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about our oceans and science communications. She dreamed of studying the oceans since she was six years old. In 2008, Danni graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a B.Sc. in Marine Science/Biology. At age 21, she and her mom, Michelle Swaby-Smith co-founded the Big Blue & You - 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media.  "Ocean Conservation through Artistic Inspiration"   She also served for four years as a naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center where she helped educate thousands of South Florida children about local marine ecosystems and their inhabitants. 

For three years, Danni served as an on-camera personality and science filmmaker with Untamed Science which created over two-hundred K-12 Science Educational Videos for Pearson Publishing that are currently in classroom textbooks across the US. She also hosted Ocean GEMS, a multimedia series and outreach program connecting teen girls to marine scientists mentors and role models inspiring them to pursue careers in marine science. In addition, Danni co-starred with Jaden Smith in the official educational outreach video for the theatrical film After Earth starring Jaden and his dad, Will Smith.  Most recently, Danni is working as the host of a brand new STEM educational TV Series which features the latest advancements in bio-inspired technology and design called XPLORATION STATION NATURE KNOWS BEST which airs nationwide on FOX on September 10th.   She also co-created and produced a new initiative called Sea Youth Rise Up which is a collaborative effort to elevate the role of youth leadership in ocean conservation policy and advocacy on World Oceans Day.  

With more than a decade of experience in the science media arena, Danni also has a deep appreciation for the arts and seeks any creative outlet to express herself including dance, film and music. She is an avid scuba diver, stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast, lover of the natural world and the original MOCHA MERMAID. Open-minded and enthusiastic about life, Danni Washington is ALWAYS ready for an ADVENTURE.


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