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Marine Life

Marine Life

One of the things we’re very excited to about is the opportunity to showcase images from the world’s best underwater photographers and filmmakers shot in locations around the world.

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch—we are going back from whence we came.” John F. Kennedy

Be Part of the Shark-Friendly Marina Initiative

Be Part of the Shark-Friendly Marina Initiative

Shark Week 2017 has officially arrived. At Blue Ocean Network, we recognize this week helps to break down stereotypes about sharks and educates the public about the important role these creatures play in our ecosystem. It’s estimated that 100 million sharks are killed...

Michele Westmorland, Photographer, Filmmaker, World Traveler

Michele Westmorland, Photographer, Filmmaker, World Traveler

Michele Westmorland keeps a very busy schedule traveling between Melanesia and her home in Oregon and points in between. The award winning photographer and film maker was interviewed during our 2015 Summit and recently, we were very pleased to catch up with her for an...

Whale Rescuer Killed after Saving Whale

Whale Rescuer Killed after Saving Whale

“I was born to do this” for more than 15 years Joe Howlett put his life on the line saving whales and is believed to have rescued dozens in that time. “You get pumped up because you could die at any time.” Blue Ocean has reported on rescuing dolphins, seals, mantas...

Jaws Revisited and the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards

Jaws Revisited and the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards

In 1975 the Jaws phenomenon transformed ocean awareness and awakened a huge interest in sharks. Few movies have had the enormous impact that Jaws had and the myth of the killer, rogue shark, unfortunately still lingers today.   Fortunately, Jaws propelled Peter...

Shark Awareness Day and Shark Week Events

Shark Awareness Day and Shark Week Events

"A shark attack has been the greatest thing that's ever happened to me."​ says Mike Coots, a surfer who lost his right leg in a shark attack. When Mike was 17 and surfing the waves off his home in Kauai he had a life-threatening encounter with a tiger shark. He fought...

M/Y Sharkwater Research Vessel Christening July 27

M/Y Sharkwater Research Vessel Christening July 27

The M/Y Sharkwater will be christened on July 27, 2017 at the Bahia Mar Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  M/Y Sharkwater is a 133 foot (41 metre) former Japanese fishing vessel acquired by Fins Attached to help achieve the mission to save sharks and our oceans. The...

#MissionGoliath Save the Goliath Grouper

#MissionGoliath Save the Goliath Grouper

Mission Blue is rallying all ocean warriors to protect Florida's Goliath Grouper. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering allowing the harvest of Goliath Groupers. This could mean that 400 grouper would be killed over 4 years,...

#SaveTheWhales: Take Action on Seismic Airgun Blasting

#SaveTheWhales: Take Action on Seismic Airgun Blasting

Seismic airgun blasting is used to detect oil and gas deposits on the seafloor. Seismic airguns are towed behind ships, and blast every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, for days and weeks at a time. (photo - en.paperblog.com)     Blasts can be heard 2,500 Miles...

Shark Week, Phelps vs Great White

Shark Week, Phelps vs Great White

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, Shark Week is here again. I could hardly stand the suspense!  Starting July 23, the Discovery Channel’s offerings come with distinctly mixed messages.   “an event so monumental no one has ever attempted...

Chasing Coral: Don’t Miss It!!

Chasing Coral: Don’t Miss It!!

Attention, all Blue Ocean Community, mark your calendars for the July 14 premier of Chasing Coral on Netflix. You don’t want to miss this compelling report on the plight of the world’s coral reefs. Chasing Coral is the story of a group of dedicated divers, scientists,...

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