Ocean Allison: 50th Podcast Episode!

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Podcast Episode #50

In celebrating my 50th Ocean Allison Podcast episode I decided to give listeners a bit more info about my background, my story, why I started the podcast, why I continue to produce the podcast, and also answer the most common question I receive from listeners: how can I get involved in ocean conservation? A big thank you to all my listeners, all of my inspiring guests, and everyone that’s contributed to my funding platform at patreon.com/oceanallison to help keep the podcast episodes coming. Onward and upward for Ocean Allison Podcast!

If you aren’t already, follow me @ocean_allison on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Beth Brady: Marine Biologist Studying Manatee Acoustics

Podcast Episode #49

Beth is a Marine Biologist in South Florida conducting cutting edge research on manatee acoustics. She’s working to understand what exactly are manatees saying? In this episode, we discuss how Beth records the noises these manatees make, why this research is so important, and the current state of manatee populations in Florida. Plus you’ll get to hear two great audio clips of manatee sounds from below the surface! Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

To learn more about Beth’s research watch “Sounds of the Manatee”, a film by Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Dakota and Cambria: Youth Leaders of “Heirs to Our Oceans”

Podcast Episode #48

Dakota Peebler (11) and Cambria Bartlett (12) are founding members of Heirs to Our Oceans, a youth-led ocean conservation organization. These water loving kids are making a film and creating a movement in order to inspire people around the world to take better care of the ocean they are inheriting. In this episode we discuss the importance of humor in conservation, optimism in the face of a struggling ocean, and what motivates these Heirs to care.

Follow @heirstoouroceans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit their website heirstoouroceans.com to watch their film trailer and learn more!

Shannon Switzer Swanson: Ocean Photojournalist & Nat Geo Adventurer

Podcast Episode #47

Shannon is an ocean scientist, photojournalist, and conservationist working to share her stories with the world – on topics ranging from storm water pollution to the global aquarium fish trade. She was recently honored as one of National Geographic’s 2017 Adventurers of the Year. In this episode we discuss the importance of curiosity, Shannon’s interest in photography and writing, and how her definition of adventure has no boundaries.

Connect with Shannon on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Jim Toomey: Cartoonist behind Sherman’s Lagoon

Podcast Episode #46

Jim is the cartoonist behind the world-renowned comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon. Combining his love for humor, art, and the ocean, Jim conveys ocean education and conservation topics to readers via the adventures of Sherman the great white shark and his undersea friends. Hear why Jim has been drawing sharks for nearly 50 years, about his work with noted organisations like Mission Blue, United Nations, and PEW, and his thoughts on the importance of including controversial topics like shark finning in his light and funny comic strip.

Follow Sherman’s Lagoon on Facebook, visit the Sherman’s Lagoon website, and watch Jim’s animated shorts. Or pick up your local newspaper and find Sherman’s Lagoon!

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