Mission of the Ocean Lorax: To speak for the seas for the seas have no tongues. . . and in so doing, spark curiosity, excite passion, and raise awareness about the other seven-tenths of our planet and all that floats, dives, sinks, and wriggles through it. There will be musings on mysteries of the deep, stories of solutions to the challenges of almost 7 billion people tapping into 7 limited seas, and the occasional rant against the newest illogical, myopic posturing by some landlubber that further threatens future sustainability of the ocean and the billions of lives that depend upon it. But, always, there will be something positive. Something to inspire hope. For utlimately, in the spirit of the wise and slightly dumpy orange fellow for whom this blog is named, the goal is to fill you with a grandiose, hyper-confident, overachieving, stop-at-nothing sense of purpose with which to go out, kick ass, and save the seas yourself.
Mission of me: As a wee tyke, someone read me Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and forgot to explain the concept of metaphor. So, I got it into my inordinately curly-haired head that I literally held a seed that could help save the trees, and the birds, and the bears, and the whole planet. Fast forward a few years and the ambition remained, tempered only by the knowledge that the “seed” I held was in fact any one of a number of ideas that floated through my brain. Whether it is evolutionary instinct or just early exposure (I was born in Bermuda and learned to swim long before I ever considered trying to move around on land), the ocean has always felt like home to me, and my ideas for saving the planet have always swirled around the sea. Now, in this 4th decade of my life, I am living in the middle of the biggest ocean we’ve got, perched atop the side of a volcano on the island of Hawai’i. I’ve got a PhD in marine science in one hand, a very over-active imagination in the other, and an optimistic spirit to boot. It seemed time to mash it all together to invent some creative solutions to ocean conservation. This blog is part of that effort. I invite you to stretch your brain and join in. To find out more about my work, check out my website or my other blog focused on my upcoming book: Sex in the Sea.