Our Oceans

The wonder of the underwater world:


2014 Scholarships for beginner training grants provided by Margo Peyton and Kids Sea Camp through www.wdhof.org(Woman Diver Hall of Fame and Ocean Wishes Foundation. (PADI training programs)

WDHOF/Kids Sea Camp Basic Dive Training Grant

Five $500 training grants to enter the exciting world of diving or further dive education beyond the basic certification level through a PADI scuba certification course.


Sophie is an ocean loving seventh grader. Her favorite subject is science, especially marine science. This year her science fair project, entitled “Tracking Tagged Tiger sharks,” was chosen as a finalist. Along with her passion for the ocean, she loves music, playing the French horn in the Advanced Band, mountain biking, snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking. Sophie recently attended a Marinelab extended fieldtrip in Key Largo with some of her classmates to study coral reefs, mangrove habitats and sea grass habitats. She is also involved in coastal cleanups, especially with the Junior Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park where students are given the opportunity to work with park officials to enhance the estuarine and maritime hammock environments of the park. Sophie’s future goal is to become a marine scientist and study the oceans. She is looking forward to learning to dive with the help of this WDHOF grant.


Mandy has aspired to become a marine biologist since she was nine years old, when her third grade class took a field trip to Puget Sound, where she spent the day exploring the shoreline and peering into tide pools. “I had always loved science and being outdoors, but on that day I found that the ocean held a certain fascination for me that forever shaped my plans for the future.” Mandy is now a senior at the University of Michigan, studying ecology and oceanography. She intends to continue her education through Ph.D. and to teach and do research in marine ecology and conservation at the university level. She is excited to have the opportunity to learn a valuable new skill in diving, knowing it is an essential start in her career choice.


Lindsey has a family history of diving expertise: her great-grandmother, Amelia Behrens Furniss, was a pioneer hard hat diver in the 1920s and was inducted into WDHOF in 2012, her grandfather was a UDT/Frogman in World War II, and her dad is an advanced open water diver. She is attending Mt. San Jacinto Community College studying her general education classes and then plans on transferring to a 4 year college to begin her studies of Marine Biology. She is excited to have received this grant to begin her own adventures in diving and underwater studies.


Angela grew up in Vancouver, Canada, spending most sunny days either turning over rocks on the beach or logs in the forest to see what could be found living underneath. She received her B. S. at BYU-Idaho and completed a senior level research internship at University of Hawaii studying coral recruitment on the Kona coast. She is currently finishing her marine science M. S. at Hawaii Pacific University studying heavy metals in cetaceans stranded in Hawai’i. She says, “I have been studying the ocean for the last three years and the time is overdue for me to dive deeper! This training grant would allow me to dive deeper than I ever have before with PADI scuba training. I am excited to explore the world I love beneath the waves in a whole new way with scuba, and share new experiences and knowledge with others.”


Samantha grew up along the California coast, and loves to swim, dive and snorkel.  She is a sophomore at American Public University studying Environmental Science where she hopes to one day have a career working with the ocean. She is looking forward to learning scuba and starting the great journey towards her ultimate goals.


This page is full of educational information, cool videos and photos as well as world news about our underwater world:

This is Your Ocean: Sharks – Official Trailer from George Schellenger on Vimeo.


Eco-Odyssey hopes to provide our visitors with information about the most exciting ocean adventures, expeditions, and environment news for everyone to enjoy! There are some amazing treasures found above and below the oceans’ surface, and taking part in exploring the underwater world is a fascinating experience!


 The Giant Blue Fin Tuna:

On your plate, and on the brink of extinction

How often do you eat tuna fish? How much do you know about this fish?

The tuna is a truly glorious creature, worthy of an ode. Here’s one!“

“O tuna of the oceans deep

Mighty hunter, none can match your speed

Save fast boats and nets.

Take heed, O fast darting one who never sleeps

No boat is faster than the one called Greed.””

Notes on the Giant Blue Fin: In biological terms, the tuna is simply an amazing animal, and of all the tuna species, the northern Giant Blue Fin (Thunnus Thynnus) is perhaps the most amazing of all. It is a warm blooded fish (i.e., it uses a unique heat exchange circulatory system that keeps it warmer than the surrounding water)and can survive in the warm surface waters of the Mediterranean and in the frigid and deep waters of the North Atlantic,at depths as great as 3000 feet. Because of this incredible variation in depth and sea temperature, the Giant Blue Fin has this amazing regulatory system, as well as a lot of insulating fat.

Growing over ten feet in length and reaching weights of over 1400 pounds, this is a massive fish with a life span of over twenty years. Like most tuna species, the Blue Fin is highly migratory, ranging from the far eastern Mediterranean to the Gulf of Mexico and north to Canada.
It can reach speeds of fifty-miles per hour, and is an excellent predator known to hunt with other predators,notably the bottle-nosed dolphin. The muscular tail with moon-shaped fin allows it to dart away at high speeds, and the iridescent indigo blue of its top side lends a certain majesty to its presence in shallow waters.

Tuna lore: The ancient Greeks used to watch for the annual spawning migrations of various Mediterranean tuna species, such as the albacore and the Blue Fin. The etymology of the word “tuna” actually stems from an ancient Greek verb “thuneo”, which means “to dart, to rush forward”. Climbing up on a high cliff, “tuneoskopes” or “tuna look outs” would scan for the waters for the V shape of a school of tuna headed toward an estuary or other prey-rich waters. These fast-moving tuna schools were not only great indicators of where rich fishing waters could be found; they were also prized items themselves, if hard to catch by traditional means.

The ancient Phoenicians of Lebanon built their colonial towns in North Africa and
Southern Spain along the migratory routes and feeding grounds of these giant fish.
The fish was commercially important to the western Phoenician economy, so much so
that in Abdera(present day Adra in Andalucia, Spain), a temple to the Phoenician
god Melkart(equated with Hercules) had a façade decorated with columns shaped like
the Blue Fin. The fish appears on coins associated with most western Phoenician cities,
as well as in mosaics and paintings. The association of this fish with Hercules is no
strange artistic glitch – it is a monument to the stature of the fish itself,
and its famous qualities.

Tuna facts

The Giant Blue Fin is a species currently on the brink of endangerment. The reasons
are related to its very own biology. Consider these factoids:
1. The Blue Fin is not sexually mature until it is about seven years old.
2. Most Blue Fin are caught before they reach age three. They are still
juveniles, weighing less than 20 pounds, a mere shadow of the 1400 pounds they
could attain at maturity.
3. Blue Fin school according to age – an entire school of mature fish can be wiped
out by a single boat, leaving no breeding fish at all.
4. The high fat content of the Blue Fin makes it a target for Japanese and other fish
markets – a mature, full sized fish can sell for over $50,000. In other words, the demands
placed on this fish are extreme.
5. Many prey species have been depleted along the Blue Fin’s migratory route.
6. “Hot Food Trends” have driven up consumption of this fish in markets where traditionally it
did not play a major role.

What Tuna to Eat

Like many species of fish, all tuna species have felt the pressure of over-fishing. Yellow
Fin and Albacore are also heavily exploited, but since they reach sexual maturity earlier
than the Blue Fin, managing these fish stocks is a little (but only a little) easier.

When you do choose to eat tuna, whether in the can or on the grill, always remember
what a magnificent creature the tuna is and how it travels oceans of miles to get to your plate.

“Herculean you are, o Blue wonder of the sea,

Yet we beg you please

Stay in deep waters with the other shades

Lest you become just a distant memory”


Almost four out of five Hong Kong people think it is acceptable not to serve shark fin soup at a wedding banquet in a turnaround from tradition.About two out of five questioned have even thought of alternatives to replace the controversial dish, suggesting a vegetarian version or a soup using fish maw, or air bladder.The survey – conducted by the University of Hong Kong Social Sciences Research Centre and BLOOM, a non-profit organisation concerned with marine conservation – polled 1, 000 people in the city, the world centre of shark fin trading, from 2009 to 2010.It found that more than 70 per cent had eaten shark fin soup in the 12 months that ended in January 2010. Of those, 90 per cent had eaten it at a wedding.Shark fin soup is a traditional dish served at Chinese weddings and other important banquets and corporate events.BLOOM founder Claire Nouvian said the results showed that while tradition was important to Hong Kong people, shark fin soup would not be missed if it were excluded from a wedding banquet.Hong Kong handles about 50 per cent of the world’s trade in shark fin.According to BLOOM, 73 million sharks are killed each year for the shark fin industry, resulting in sharp declines in shark populations.Shark Fin Soup is served all over the world and even right here at home in the USA.Help stop shark finning!  Don’t eat at any restaurant that serves Shark Fin Soup!

Ming Court in Orlando Florida serves Shark Fin Soup… Yes its legal here in the US.

10 ways to Save Sharks (Become a Shark Angel!)

Make your city Fin Free!  Find out how.  Find out now.Shark Angels are Earth Angels!http://vimeo.com/majazonjic/fiinfreeshortfilm


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