Marine Conservationist | TV Host | Mocha Mermaid


Meet Danni Washington. Marine conservationist, video host, model and the original Mocha Mermaid.

Photo Credit: Brandan Zachary

Hello World! I'm DANNI. 

Simply put...I am deeply passionate about our blue planet. An ocean lover for as long as I can remember,

the Big Blue continually gives me energy, freedom and peace. That is why I decided to dedicate my life to protecting the sea that I love so dearly.

Miami native with Jamaican roots, I am passionate about our oceans and science communications. I've dreamed of studying the oceans since I was six years old. In 2008, I graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a B.Sc. in Marine Science/Biology. My mom Michelle Swaby-Smith and I co-founded The Big Blue & You - A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media.  Also served four years as a naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center where I helped educate thousands of South Florida children about the local marine ecosystems.

 I've been blessed with excellent experiences as an on-camera personality with Untamed Science and most recently, Ocean GEMS, a multimedia series and outreach program connecting teens to marine scientists mentors and role models inspiring them to pursue careers in marine science. I also co-starred with Jaden Smith in the official educational outreach video for the theatrical film After Earth starring Jaden and his dad, Will Smith. I have a deep appreciation for the arts and seeks any creative outlet I can use to express myself including dance, film and music. I am  an avid scuba diver, stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast, yogi and overall lover of the outdoors, I'm ALWAYS ready for an ADVENTURE.