Friday, January 15, 2010

Welcome Home!

Here, you will be accepted for the deep down ocean lover you really are. Seriously, who isn't moved by the ocean horizon's at dawn and dusk (depending on which side of the pond you are standing)?! Even poetry like "Footprints in the Sand" finds the ocean a perfect backdrop for expression. Put a shark on the front of almost anything, and people react immediately. If you are one of those individuals who stop at the pet store just to look at the fish, then I look forward to sharing with you all forms of marine related media that will include photos, websites, published research, textbooks, magazines, movies, documentaries, and much more!
Even if you've never seen the ocean, I understand how there can be this attachment. The ocean, literally, surrounds us. According to the Ocean Commission Report (2000), nearly 80% of the U.S. population lived within 200 miles of coastline. Here is a favorite phrase I have heard from scientists like Dr. Eddie Widder (the queen of bioluminescence) and Dr. Shirley Pomponi (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute): Why is this planet called "earth" when it is over 75% covered by water? It should be called "Ocean" instead. I don't yet know who said it first.

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