24 Jun '11, 1am

Avatar director named National Geographic explorer

Avatar director named National Geographic explorer

WASHINGTON: Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron fulfilled a teenage dream on Thursday when he was named National Geographic explorer-in-residence, a title that means as much to him as the Oscars he has won for blockbuster movies like Avatar and Titanic. "Being named an explorer is a great honor and as amazing an outcome as being an Academy Award-winning director," Cameron told AFP after he and Spanish marine ecologist Enric Sala were inducted into the small circle of National Geographic explorers, which with the newcomers numbers just 15. As a teen, Cameron said, "I could think of nothing better than to be an ocean explorer." "In fact, at the age of 16, living landlocked in a small town in Canada, 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the ocean, I got certified to scuba dive," he said. "I didn't even see an ocean for two more years. I was scuba-diving in a river but it didn't matt...

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