Sharks count among the creatures which most people are scared of. I’m probably not very wrong when I blame a very popular Hollywood movie for this phenomenon. Ocean Ramsey also sees it this way and aims to put the bad reputations sharks have and all the panic, which mainly movies like “Jaws” have caused, in a realistic light. Over and over again she emphasizes that in the man-shark-universe sharks are the ones that have to fear for their lives and that, in relation to the actual shark attacks which – nobody denies it – certainly happen, many more sharks are killed by mankind than vice versa. Also due to the increasing pollution of the oceans sharks and many other animals in the sea are exposed to great dangers. They swallow waste products of civilization and thus perish painfully.
Ocean Ramsey is a biologist specializing on sharks, an ethologist, an environmental protector, a free diver, a diving instructor and a model. Every day and all around the world she works on studying sharks and other marine creatures to increase and spread our knowledge of these mythical animals and primarily to save their lives.
One of her most useful tools for this mission is Instagram. Ocean Ramsey has got more than 450,000 followers and shares her encounters with the sharks, whales etc. in her magical looking underwater photos and videos. Mostly we can see her swimming or dancing, as she calls it, with sharks and other marine creatures. And the longer we keep clicking through her feed, the more we start to realize that the ocean is home to incredibly precious creatures and that the fear of mankind is often based on ignorance. Ocean Ramsey dives into the depths without compressed air cylinders, which makes the photos look even more magical. As if she were part of this underwater world, she swims with whales, sharks, rays etc. through the deep blue world and has her pictures taken by her friend Juan Oliphant. She doesn’t seem to be scared when doing all this. The Hawaiian biologist looks like she was born for this mission and I only hope she is going to make a big contribution so more and more people begin to think about protecting the ocean and its inhabitants.
If you want to learn more about the work of Ocean Ramsey or if you’d even like to help, just take a look at the website of her non-profit organization Water Inspired.