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Peter Marshall  Director @IAMWATER_Foundation / Co-Founder I AM WATER Ocean Travel

We had a beautiful past few days on Petite St. Vincent visiting with these sea grass grazers. We sank down to the sand bottom and after a few seconds they were completely comfortable with us. They went about their grazing and we went about our vouyerism. I've never been fascinated watching cows graze but I could watch these turtles graze for hours... and we did.

#seaturtle #petitstvincent #tobagokeys

Last night we opened our first photo exhibition at The Haven in Hong Kong. To see our images in print surprised us both and was a nice excuse to reflect back on a few years of incredible ocean stories. What an amazing adventure it's been, Hanli! Looking forward a many more!

About as close as I could get to this alien looking guitar shark.
I like to think of the oceans as something similar to outer space exploration. The underwater world is a completely different world than the usual one we live it: gravity doesn't have the same effect, you can effectively fly around, there are these amazing alien looking tribes of living creatures cruising around, and there's no oxygen to breath (so you better hold your breath). BUT its waaaaaay cheaper to visit the underwater world than to jump on a spaceship... all you need is a mask and snorkel. Enjoy the aliens!

Side note: this mysterious alien creature is listed on the IUCN vulnerable list due to the price its fins fetch on the international scene. I much prefer a living underwater alien like this swimming around than some hocus pocus and ground up powder made from its body parts. ------------------------------- @hanliprinsloo @iamwater_foundation @iamwater_travel ------------------------------- #guitarshark #underwateraliens #IAMWATER #iamwaterstories #oceanconservation #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceantravel #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore #traveldeeper #underwaterouterspace #underwaterastronaut

"I don't think that faith, whatever you're being faithful about, really can be scientifically explained. And I don't want to explain this whole life business through truth, science. There's so much mystery. There's so much awe." -- Jane Goodall

The ocean has always been a place that inspires awe and points beyond simple truth into something more mystical, beyond explanation- something else. -------------------------------
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For anyone who regularly spends time in the ocean, thinking that someone has NEVER put on a mask and snorkel is unfathomable. But the youth in most of the coastal communities we work with are just that: complete snorkeling rookies. They've never enjoyed the ability to actually see a sharp image underwater. They may have tried to open their eyes underwater to see the blurry colors of a reef or fish, but until they get their first glimpse through the glass of a mask they have yet to truly see what awaits them underwater. And when you are there to witness their joy first hand you get to remember what it was like to discover all the life under the waves.

Research from the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, and countless academic research shows positive psychological benefits for youth who spend time in nature. Whether this time in nature allows a child from a violent community a safe place to relax and escape bullying and abuse... whether it means a place to overcome fear and grow in self confidence... whether it is a place to foster increased self discipline and independence... whether it is a place to help form an emotional buffer against disrupting forces in a child's life... we think wild spaces and the ocean in particular are uniquely capable of shaping healthy humans. When you are underwater you are completely surrounded and focused on what you see through your mask. No distractions. Being completely shaped by the sounds, sights, feelings, and sense of accomplishment that only nature can inspire. -------------------------------
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#IAMWATER #iamwaterstories #oceanconservation #snorkel #mask #coral #reef #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceanoutreach #volunteer #IAMWATERcoaches #mozambique #ponta #donate

"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope." -- Wendell Berry⠀

I AM WATER's core summed up in a couple sentences. Here's a picture from one of our snorkel workshops where we foster renewal of our oceans by inspiring the future caretakers. Wendell Berry was spot on, taking care of the ocean is a pleasing responsibility to say the least. Wendell Berry may be a farmer with experience on the dry side of earth, but the wet side needs that same care taking and responsibility.⠀

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#rockpools #tidalpools #IAMWATER #iamwaterstories #oceanconservation #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceantravel #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore #traveldeeper #oceancaretakers #responsibility

Talk about some energetic dolphins! These dolphins in Mozambique couldn't figure out where to look as they all swam around me in formation, but their heads and necks were so animated it felt like they desperately wanted me to respond to whatever they were communicating to me. It's like when your dog wants to play and so it gives you the obvious sign of "I want to play" by lowering its front legs down while its hind legs are high and waving from the force of a wagging tail. Then it bounces around you, waiting for you to join in. Now picture that same scene but underwater as multiple dolphins encircle you with the same "I want to play" sign... exactly... incredible. -------------------------------
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#bottlenose #dolphins #IAMWATER #iamwaterstories #oceanconservation #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceantravel #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore #traveldeeper #playfulnecks #circleswim

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." -- John Muir⠀

As appropriate for John Muir's Sierra Mountains as it is for the South Pacific or for whatever corner of the wild world you find contentment and strength.⠀

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#JohnMuir #southpacific #IAMWATER #iamwaterstories #oceanconservation #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceantravel #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore #traveldeeper #passionpassport #strivetobemuirofaman #muirman

I'm not always behind the camera when I dive. A while ago we were trying to get some images of a man with some sharks, so I nominated myself to be the human in the camera frame while Hanli took the photos. ⠀

I felt a bit naked without a camera in my hand and while I was taking on Hanli's role I gained a much deeper appreciation for what she does. I didn't realize how hard it was to get in position and look good doing it until I had to do it myself. She does it much more gracefully than I do, but I think you'd have to admit I gave this hammerhead a pretty impressive stare down... not that it needed it.

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#greathammerhead #hammerhead #IAMWATER #iamwaterstories #oceanconservation #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceantravel #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore #traveldeeper #passionpassport #Bimini

We dove in Indonesia recently and after the rain came through… yikes. Used to be that instead of plastic plates, the locals ate from banana leaves and simply disposed of the banana leaf on the ground (almost like built in composting). Now the banana leaf has been replaced with plastic wrapping and when it lands on the ground, the rain carries it into the ocean. It breaks down into teeny little bits that ocean animals mistake for food end then enters our food web.⠀

I'll take that banana leaf over a plastic leaf any day.⠀

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#plastic #plasticfoodweb #IAMWATER #iamwaterstories #oceanconservation #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceantravel #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore #traveldeeper #passionpassport #plastictasteslikepoo #banana>;plastic

I love Baja. Period. ⠀

If you haven’t visited you need to, but promise to get out of Cabo and into the desert. The place where desert mountains and the ocean meet never fails to deliver. Any memories you make in a place like this are instantly epic when you consider the scenery. Even if those memories involve barely outrunning torrential rains and squeaking across flooded arroyos with rear wheels floating. Or someone snapping a board leash and watching it wash into a cave of death… pondering whether you could swim in, but then realizing it would look bad if you spent an entire lifetime swimming and then drowned trying to rescue what is now obviously only pieces of sytrofoam. Or that time the guy in the oncoming truck didn’t see you as he came around the corner on the dirt road, slammed on his breaks way too late, and fishtailed into your friend’s Dad’s car that you were driving down as a favor. Or that time I convinced everyone that ham and onions was a great meal to start the trip with (mmmm... so good). Or all the salt water showers. Or when we waited for one final wave that only came after the moon rose and we were the only ones in the line up. And of course, all the times we found a deserted beach, pitched camp, slept under the milky way, and surfed until my chest hair fell out. Yes, epic. ⠀

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#Cactus #Baja #IAMWATER #Peterstories #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceantravel #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore #traveldeeper #passionpassport #TOTALLY #PulidosDontDoCamping #BurroBlanco #timeforareunion

I love slowing down on a Sunday and enjoying the smaller things, the details. It's always easier to do when there's no real expectation. I can spend hours in tidal pools watching the fish and corals jockey with one another and go about their slow pace of every day things. Plus it's easy- you're a few feet from shore and at the surface. Perfect for a lazy Sunday. ⠀

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#iamwaterstories #oceanconservation #niue #rockarch #coral #freediving #underwaterphotography #oceantravel #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore #traveldeeper #passionpassport #smallsundays #yabuv

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