The new podcast from Ocean Wise takes listeners into the minds and journeys of the world’s true ocean champions who are protecting our blue planet. Hosted by Alexis Brown, My Ocean is about the dreamers and the doers: people who have thrown convention to the wind and followed their own path to making a difference for the world’s oceans. Meet the change-makers featured in the first three episodes, now available at http://ocean.org/myocean and on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

Meet Wallace J. Nichols

California-based entrepreneurial neuroscientist Wallace J. Nichols is changing the way we think about our brain “on water.” He refers to this as the Blue Mind, a movement and science that looks at the cognitive, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual benefits of healthy oceans and waterways. He envisions a world in which traditional medicine is prescribed alongside water therapy like surfing; his science has shown that the positive impacts of water can be that powerful. Protecting those waterways is, Nichols says, vital to reaping their benefits.

 

Meet Karina Oliana

Karina Oliani is a Brazilian-based TV personality who has a thirst for adrenaline. She’s a doctor with a specialization in wilderness medicine, has set wakeboarding records and climbed Everest twice. More recently, she has turned that energy towards ocean conservation. She’s making a name with her stunning photoshoots in which she gets up close with sharks while wearing ornate evening dresses or flowing fabric, to make a statement about how humans, predators and nature can exist harmoniously.

Meet Jess Schultz

A marine ecologist with the Howe Sound Research Group, part of the Coastal Ocean Research Institute, an Ocean Wise initiative, Jess Schultz is conducting research and informing policy that is breathing life back in to Howe Sound. Its wildlife was largely destroyed by industrial pollution during the 20th She turned to marine science after reading a book while serving in Afghanistan and it inspired her to change course. It’s all part of her drive to serve a purpose greater than herself, whether it’s her country or the ocean.

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