Monthly Archives: May 2013

We’ve raised $25,000 dollars. Please give us one last push!

Dear Friends of the Ocean, I’m Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer in Residence, and I want to share with you some of what I’ve learned over the 50 years I’ve spent under and on the ocean – about it’s health – and therefore our health. We are at a critical crossroads. The next ten years are the most important of the next 10,000 years: the best chance that our species will have to protect what remains of the ocean, a vital part of the natural system that gives us life.

We used to believe the ocean was so vast that we could never truly affect it. Yet, the pristine ocean that Columbus sailed on was very different from the one we are passing on to our children.…

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Sea Glass: Artist overcomes fear of diving with exquisite results

What does water look like when you’re immersed in it? Can you see wind? Artist Shayna Leib began exploring these questions about a decade ago when she embarked on “Wind and Water” – her series of intricately hand-crafted glass sculptures that appear to flow like anemone tentacles moving with an incoming tide. She says:
“Wind and water possess no intrinsic color, are clear to the point of invisibility, and yet move through space. We see not their form itself, but can detect their patterns and shapes only vicariously though the objects they affect. The trace of water’s touch over moss and sea life, the wind’s passage over marshlands… – these two forces make their presence known. Their character is contradictory and fickle, encompassing fragility and violence, placidity and turbulence.”…

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Photo of the Day ~ Shark Swarm

During an organized shark dive, photographer Justin Lewis dressed in chainmail to get in the middle of a group of feeding sharks in the Bahamas. The Bahamian Reefs Hope Spot is located East and South of Florida and host forest, wetlands, swamps, and the Andros Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. The Bahamas Island eco-region consists of over 3,000 low-lying islands and covers over 14,000 square kilometers.
Photograph: Justin Lewis Photography…

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An Evening of Hope For Our Oceans

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence and Mission Blue Founder
Phil Radford, Executive Director, Greenpeace
Invite you to join them for an Evening of Hope for our Ocean
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 6:30pm to 8:30pm Seattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98101
  Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Greenpeace and Mission Blue invite you to an evening celebrating the Bering Sea, one such place where hope for our planet’s future thrives. Join Dr. Sylvia Earle and Greenpeace Executive Director Phil Radford at the Seattle Aquarium to discover, explore and take action to protect the Bering Sea Canyons. Please note that space for this event is limited.

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Sustainable Seas at University of California at Berkeley with Sylvia Earle

Mission Blue founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle is one of the world’s most influential ambassadors for the ocean. Her Horace Albright Lecture in Conservation this Spring was focussed on Sustainable Seas.  The University of California at Berkeley has shared the lecture below, in its entirety, where Dr. Earle talks about how the actions we take in the next 10 years to support the ocean will matter more than what we do in the next 10,000 years.…

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