Mother Mother Ocean

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A couple of weeks ago on May 17 we heard and saw Ritter Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Jeremy Jackson talk about and show us the shockingly overfished, overheated, and polluted state of our oceans today and how they have been so for long before BP’s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, with indicators that things will get much worse.

Though he’s been a contract photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine since 1998, Brian Skerry has spent the past three decades telling the stories of the ocean. His images portray not only the aesthetic wonder of the ocean but display an intense journalistic drive for relevance.

In another TED talk posted only a couple of days ago Skerry “brings to light the many pressing issues facing our oceans and its inhabitants. Typically spending eight months of the year in the field, he often faces extreme conditions to capture his subjects. He has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and dived beneath the Arctic ice to get his shot. He has spent over 10,000 hours underwater.”

Spend 16 minutes with Skerry here and let him share some of his stories of the oceans and show you more of the beauty and natural treasures our society seems so bent on wrecking and losing.

Brian Skerry reveals ocean’s glory — and horror – June 2010

Also see

for more of Skerry’s awesome undersea photography


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    • Edger on June 3, 2010 at 16:17
    • RiaD on June 3, 2010 at 18:41

  1. thank you for that immensely

  2. provide not only food and stuff we need but play an integral part in the whole process that makes the planet function as the beautiful big blue watery orb we see reflected in pictures from outer space? In grammar school I remember a lesson one of my first scientific, that explained the way the planets system worked it seems to be a rotating reusing system that creates an atmosphere that’s livable for us and everything else who calls this home. Monkey wrenches thrown in the name of progress, economy or energy seem not real but figments of our hubris and lack of imagination.    

  3. …for the best live feeds of the catastrophe I’ve seen so far…

    deep horizon live feeds

  4. …this

    live feed

    Those TOD dudes are somethin’ else!

  5. however, in the context of our current plight, the message is particularly poignant. Jimmy Buffett’s lyrics begin with “Mother, mother ocean…”

    Here’s “A Pirate Looks at Forty”…

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