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Webster native shares the bare truth about surviving on Discovery Channel’s ‘Naked and Afraid’

Webster native Dan Link says his family members were “totally supportive” when they found out he’d been cast on the Discovery Channel reality survival show Naked and Afraid.

Well, except for an uncle, who asked, “Can’t Dan go on other adventures that don’t involve being naked on cable?”

Actually, he has. Adventure is sort of a running theme in his life. The 2008 Webster Thomas High School graduate served two years in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua and now works as a field biologist on the remote, uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, camping there for weeks at a time to study such endangered species as sea turtles and monk seals.

And as a kid, he was a big fan of Survivor. He and his mom, who died of cancer when Link was 17, used to talk about perhaps one day being on the CBS hit themselves. So the Naked and Afraid gig — which resulted in an episode airing at 8 p.m. Sunday — was totally in Link’s wheelhouse.

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