Titled “The Shark Whisperer" by ABC’s Good Morning America, Ocean Ramsey is a Shark and marine Conservationist, Marine Biologist, Competitive Freediver & Coach, Professional Dive Instructor, Surfer, Swimmer, and Founder of Water Inspired Conservation Group and a part of the International Shark Project. Ocean has dove and worked with over 32 different species of sharks around the world. She works in shark research with several key species: Great Whites, Bull Sharks, Mako Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Blue Sharks, Whale Sharks & Sandbar Sharks. She travels to aid on conservation campaigns internationally in support of perception and policy change and campaigns against finning and culling.... ....Her primary ongoing studies focus in ethology (behavior) and she enjoys sharing the reality of sharks and latest insight into their behavior with the community to benefit both humans, and ultimately, the conservation of sharks.
Juan Oliphant grew up at Chuns Reef on the North shore of Oahu. He grew up a surfer influenced by the Jaws generation and so had a great fear of sharks. After a zipline accident at Waimea, breaking 7 back vertebra, he got into diving as a way to continue to enjoy the water while he healed. While diving Juan had the opportunity to spend time with sharks which changed his inital mentality about them. He developed a great appreciation and respect for sharks and became inspired to help conservation efforts for sharks and other marine life. He joined Sea Shepard’s as a captain and traveled to Coco’s Island, Costa Rica, and Galapagos to help stop the slaughter and finning of large aggregations of sharks. Juan has worked on shark eco-tour boats since 2002 and is passionate about the role and benefit of educational influence through eco-tourism. He is a professional photographer and videographer and his work has been used and published to aid in major shark conservation efforts internationally. He believes that imagery and the internet is the future of education and perception change that will make the largest scale impact for the conservation of sharks. He enjoys facilitating first hand perception changing dives for people to experience what sharks are really like, empowering them to appreciate and better understand sharks from a first hand experience.
Doors 6pm | Start 8:30 pm
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