Ocean Ramsey: making friends with a Great White sharks

Ocean Ramsey has been swimming with Great White sharks to raise awareness for their protection.

Ramsey has grown up surfing and diving in Hawaii and San Diego. She has been sharing the water with sharks her entire life. As a professional scuba instructor and advanced free diver, Ocean believes many shark species are on the brink of extinction.

"I hope that by sharing my experiences with sharks, I might inspire others to take action and help protect these amazing creatures before it's too late," explains Ocean Ramsey.

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Marine Sanctuaries: to protect and expand

The National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed the expansion of the Gulf of Farollones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, in San Francisco.

NOAA's proposal aims to protect the northern California coast from offshore drilling. The plan, which has been encouraged by Surfrider Foundation, extends the sanctuaries nearly 2,800 square miles, more than doubling their size.

The goal is to defend the region's outstanding marine habitats, wildlife, fisheries, and recreational areas from the threat of oil and gas drilling. The designation would not affect fishing, boating, or other existing uses.

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Corals: don't buy them, protect them | Still: Daniel Stoupin

Daniel Stoupin, a marine biologist, has captured breathtaking time-lapse footage of corals and sponges, as they look for food.

The corals and sponges were filmed under high magnification. They move very slowly, so the PhD student from the University of Queensland used the time-lapse photo technique.

The details, the colors, the patterns, the forms are part of 150,000 shots the researcher had to collect during nine months, in order to produce these incredible animated photos.

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