Wake Island: part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

US President Barack Obama has proposed a vast expansion of Pacific Ocean sanctuaries for marine life. Fishing and energy exploration activities will be banned.

The proposal might create the world's largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected. As a result, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will be expanded from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles.

"Growing up in Hawaii, I learned early to appreciate the beauty and power of the ocean," says Barack Obama.


Great Blue Hole: a natural treasure located in Belize | Photo: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

"Planet Ocean" is a 90-minute film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot featuring the greatest natural mystery of the Earth.

The film-documentary hopes to change the way people look at the ocean, and to help our children believe in a better and more sustainable world.

"Planet Ocean" also offers solutions for what we can all do to help improve the health of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers and the eco-systems they harbour.


Hannah Fraser: tiger sharks loved her dance moves

Hannah Fraser, an underwater model and activist, has danced with tiger sharks without any protection to raise awareness against the Australian shark cull.

Fraser had already swum with sharks before, but this time the professional mermaid wanted to be in the center of shark-infested waters, in the Bahamas. So it was clearly one of the most dangerous challenges with the ocean's predator.

The talented underwater performer teamed up with cinematographer and photographer Shawn Heinrichs to oppose not only the Australia shark cull, but also the global slaughter of sharks.