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Book Review: “We are the Ocean,” by Captain Paul Watson

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An illustrated journey to teach kids about the importance of water. 

By Amanda White

When you read with children, they are connecting the words you say to the pictures on the page and to the things they see and do in their world.  That seems pretty obvious, but a lot of parents don’t make the connection that the stories you choose to read to your kids can have a great impact on your child’s outlook of the world and themselves. 

So, for us underwater lovers and environmentalists, books that cover these topics are key to teaching our children how important it is to protect and love the planet we call home and the creatures that live here. Storytelling is a powerful way to not only encourage your child’s imagination and further their education, but it is also a great way to shape the way they will go out and care for the planet and the beings on it.

Such books covering topics related to environmentalism and protecting the ocean are growing within the children’s book industry. One such book that was released this year is “We Are the Ocean” by Captain Paul Watson who founded the activist organization Sea Shepherd, whose mission is to protect and conserve the world’s oceans. 

In his book Captain Watson explores the connection between water and all living things. He takes a poetic stance toward describing how water sustains life and the continuous cycle through which it goes through all animals and plants. He explains this very simply for kids to understand the concept on the most basic level. 

With beautiful illustrations by Sarah Borg that depict the adventure of two children and their dog friends, your child will learn about the importance of water and our direct relationship with it. The book teaches kids that water is in the cells of all plants and animals, including their own bodies. It even explains that readers drink water that was “once within the body of dinosaurs”. The book does a great job of sharing the concept that the ocean is a part of all of us and even has a Sea Shepherd boat in the illustrations. The hope is to instill young readers with a love for the ocean and a passion to take care of it as they grow older.  It rings true of Captain Paul Watson’s most infamous quote, “If the oceans die, we die”.

“We are the Ocean” is great for kids who are just learning to read, as it is written for kids ages 3-5 years old who are in preschool or kindergarten. This book would be a great addition to your child’s reading list and would make an excellent holiday gift for the ocean-loving kids in your life. You can find We are the Ocean online and in stores at Barnes and Noble, on Amazon, and in the Paul Watson Shop.

A Bit About Captain Paul Watson

Named by Time magazine as one of the “Top 20 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century,” Captain Paul Watson, has been fighting for our planet for over 60 years.  For years he worked on freighters and deep sea vessels and it was because of this, as well as his participation in a  demonstration at the U.S. and Canadian border, that he and several others created Greenpeace. Watson and the group were demonstrating against nuclear testing on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians. He continued his activism, and in 1977, he founded Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, whose mission is to be “a global movement to defend, protect and conserve life and diversity in the ocean.” Today it truly is a global movement with chapters in over 40 countries and is one of the few organizations that is actively protecting wildlife. Their current campaigns are, “Saving the Vaquita”, “Preventing IUU Fishing”, “Protecting Wild Salmon”, “Beaked Whale Research”, “Protecting Sea Turtles” and “Ocean Cleanup”

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Amanda White was one the minds behind InDEPTH when it first began, through her work as Marketing Director at Global Underwater Explorers. 

Her main passion in life is protecting the environment. Whether that means working to minimize her own footprint or working on a broader scale to protect wildlife, the oceans, and other bodies of water.  Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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A new marine biology guide for divers and snorkelers will be unveiled at DEMA 2022

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October 24, 2022 – MONTREAL Beneath the Blue Planet is the ultimate guide to the ocean, its creatures, and its conservation. This comprehensive and pioneering book answers many of the burning questions that divers and snorkelers have when exploring the underwater world. If you want to know how the ocean works, understand the perils that coral reefs face, and learn about some of the world’s most fascinating marine creatures, then this book will guide you. Beneath the Blue Planet traces the story of our ocean from Earth’s formation to the modern day, detailing the science behind everything from currents and chemistry to the fascinating ecology of its creatures, ranging from plankton to whales. Beyond explaining why the ocean and its inhabitants are so remarkable, Beneath the Blue Planet explores the serious challenges this precious environment faces, and offers insights into how we can work to preserve it for future generations.

Beneath the Blue Planet is written by dive industry veteran, educator and marine conservation biologist Dr. Alex Brylske, and published by Reef Smart Guides, which is responsible for the well-known Dive and Snorkel travel guide series, with titles in Florida and many Caribbean destinations. The new release contains 250 captivating images and illustrations and follows the familiar Reef Smart Guides style that integrates Eco Tips, Safety Tips, and Scientific Insight boxes. This guide to the underwater world is one that every avid diver and snorkeler should have on their bookshelf or in their dive bag alongside their logbook. 

This exciting new guide will be unveiled at the DEMA 2022 show in Orlando, FL, November 1-4, 2022. While the official publication date is December 15, 2022, a limited number of signed advanced copies will be available at Author’s Corner on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (12:00-12:30 PM) and Thursday, November 3, 2022 (11:00-11:30 AM), as well as at the Reef Smart Guides booth (#914) throughout the show. Copies of Beneath the Blue Planet can also be pre-ordered on Amazon (see QR code below).

Dr. Alex Brylske will also hold a seminar at the DEMA 2022 show in room S310A, on Wednesday, November 02, 2022 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM), titled Perfecting the Customer Experience: The Art and Science of Coral Reef Interpretation. During the presentation, Dr. Brylske will introduce the new book and demonstrate how dive professionals can use this important new resource to create exceptional educational experiences for students and customers, as well as turn them into effective environmental advocates for ocean conservation.

This new guide is part of a major new initiative called Reef Smart Education, which aims to bring a greater understanding of marine ecology to the dive industry. Through physical publications and both online and onsite seminars, this initiative will not only help recreational divers and snorkelers get the most out of their underwater experience, but also assist dive professionals and resort staff to develop engaging educational activities and programs for their guests. 

To learn more about Beneath the Blue Planet and Reef Smart Education, visit ReefSmartGudies.com.

Contact:

Ian Popple (CEO Reef Smart Inc.)
Montreal, CANADA

Email: ian@reefsmartguides.com

Tel.: 514-448-4771

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