Marine Life

Marine Life

One of the things we’re very excited 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

A Whale of a Tale

A Whale of a Tale

About twenty years ago on a clear, sunny January morning, off the coast of Maui, Hawaii I was diving in amazingly clear water at about 120 feet when I noticed a series of shadowy shapes approaching.   It was like watching eighteen-wheeled semis dancing in the...

Saving a Giant Manta

Saving a Giant Manta

We love this story, it’s not current but very worth bringing to your attention again. In 2014 two Brazilians were diving in the Bat Islands off northern Costa Rica. They were having a great day, seeing sharks, mantas and huge schools of fish, but they were not...

Donald Trump as a Conservationist?

Donald Trump as a Conservationist?

"I have never seen such an unspoilt and dramatic seaside landscape" Donald Trump exclaimed when he first laid eyes on what would become the Trump International Golf Links Scotland. Seven years later with ancient sand dunes bulldozed he states, "what I've done is made...

Minke Whales Hunted: Mostly Pregnant Females!

Minke Whales Hunted: Mostly Pregnant Females!

A new documentary just aired on Norwegian Public Broadcasting reveals some alarming details regarding Norway’s hunting of Minke whales. The release of Slaget om kvalen (translated as "Battle of Agony") has sparked outrage within the conservation community.  ...

An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean

An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean

Eight million tons of trash are dumped into the ocean every year, worldwide and a lot of that comes from us. It's a bit depressing, but knowing if we have an addiction to throw-away trash, especially plastics is the first step in coming up with solutions. And the...

Trump Attacks EPA and Marine Protected Areas

Trump Attacks EPA and Marine Protected Areas

Russian connections, wiretapping, alternative facts, FBI investigations, and that is in just the first two months of the Trump administration. All of this has been unprecedented and some might say quite amusing. However, for those of us with ocean issues top-of-mind,...

Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved??

Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved??

Last year we saw the devastating effects of ocean warming on the Great Barrier Reef. We all held our breath and hoped that if these coral reefs were shielded from illegal fishing and ocean pollution that they might have a chance to recover from these massive coral...

Vaquita Violence, Fishermen Sabotage Efforts

Vaquita Violence, Fishermen Sabotage Efforts

Recently we reported on the perilous state of the Vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise and most endangered marine mammal. Concentrated in the upper Sea of Cortez between Baja California and mainland Mexico, experts believe that there are no more than thirty...

Decline in Ocean Oxygen Linked to Climate Change

Decline in Ocean Oxygen Linked to Climate Change

Researchers have detected a decline in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the world’s oceans. The research was published in the journal Nature by oceanographer Sunke Schmidtko at the Geomar Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany. Schmidtko and his colleagues found...

Pristine Coral Reef in Raja Ampat Damaged by Cruise Ship

Pristine Coral Reef in Raja Ampat Damaged by Cruise Ship

Blue Ocean has written numerous articles on the beauty of the Coral Triangle, (often referred to as the epicenter of Marine Bio-diversity) and the reefs around Indonesia’s Raja Ampat in particular. Many of the spectacular photographs on our website were captured in...

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