Drum roll, please: weâ€™re excited to unveil our latest video starring actress and ocean lover, Aimee Teegarden of â€śFriday Night Lights.â€ť
We traveled with Teegarden up the coast of Southern California, from La Jolla to Santa Barbara Island, filming a video about the need to protect the oceanâ€™s threatened habitats.
Teegarden showed off her surfing skills and also free dove with sea lion pups in a gorgeous kelp forest.
â€śItâ€™s amazing that hidden treasures like this exist all over the ocean â€“ you just have to look for them. Itâ€™s really upsetting to think about an awesome place like the sea lion rookery being destroyed by destructive fishing, pollution, or anything else harmful,â€ť said Teegarden. â€śThis experience made it clear that we need to identify these unique and important areas in the ocean and do whatever we can to save them. I love that Oceana finds the special places like this and then fights to protect them.â€ť
Cheyne Oglesby spends his days as a model with Ford Models, and we met him at Nauticaâ€™s Fashion Week presentation this fall. But when heâ€™s not in front of the camera, he loves to be in the water â€“ preferably surfing.
I asked him a few questions about his love for the oceans:
Tell me about your connection to the oceans.
CO: The ocean has always played an important role in my life. I feel like the ocean gives me sanity. My parents put me in the water at an early age and I've always loved it.
You travel a lot for photo shoots -- do you get to take time off in cool spots to surf?
CO: Whenever I'm fortunate enough to shoot at a location with surf, I try to take full advantage, usually by staying as long as possible when the job is over. Canary Islands were amazing! Beautiful black sand beaches, and dust blowing in the afternoon from the Sahara Desert, WILD!
Whatâ€™s your favorite place to surf and why?
CO: My favorite coastal place to surf is a two-way tie between Hawaii and Australia. Hawaii has so many different breaks and the water is always warm, which I love, and Australia is just amazing all the way around, great breaks, amazing people and fun nightlife.
Whatâ€™s the coolest thing youâ€™ve seen out on the water?
CO: I would have to say the coolest thing I've seen/experienced in the water is sharing waves with dolphins. I love dolphins -- they are the best "surfers" in the world.
What about the saddest?
CO: It's really sad to see the beaches closed after a storm, due to storm drains over filling and run-off. I've found some pretty unsavory things on the beach like needles, garbage and plastics.
Do you have a particular ocean conservation issue you are passionate about? Why do you think itâ€™s important to protect the oceans?
CO: I'm really concerned about the amount of plastic that's in the ocean, it's not just plastic you can see, it's also tiny particles that break down and tend to mimic krill and are being consumed by mass quantities of birds and fish. It's messing up the entire ecosystem. We need to protect the ocean not only for ourselves but for future generations to enjoy, the ocean gives life and is vital in the circle of life.
Holly Beck has an enviable life. A world-class surfer and model, she spends most of the year traveling to the worldâ€™s most beautiful places.
Hereâ€™s one more reason to envy her -- the Oceana supporter also recently swam with whale sharks and great white sharks. Watch the video below to see footage of Beck swimming within inches of whale sharks and getting giddy when she sees great whites.
After swimming with the great whites she says, â€śTrust me on this one, the shark didnâ€™t want to eat me.â€ť
Coincidentally, the scientist tagging whale sharks in the first part of the video is Rachel Graham, who has worked with our colleagues in Belize.
Pearl Jam, celebrated for decades of rock music and activism, have launched a new effort in response to the oil spill, and itâ€™s all about -- you guessed it -- protecting the oceans.
Oceana is a partner in the effort, and their new website, http://pearljam.com/oceans, includes information about what you can do to live blue, including how to eat sustainable seafood, support clean energy, and help with the Gulf clean-up and restoration effort.
Words fail me when I try to describe the incredible visuals of this video showing surfers tackling monster waves at a competition in Hawaii. Suffice to say it's epic. Just watch.