How YOU can help our amazing oceans! Through all of my travels, especially those involving the ocean and diving, I have become more and more aware of the changing state of our oceans. The changes from 30 years ago to the present are painfully clear. Water temperatures are significantly warmer, coral reefs are bleaching and dying, more animals are endangered, over fishing is manifest, and trash in the ocean is at an all time high. What can we do? There are people out there talking about this. Climate Change is settled science, there is no doubt that it is happening and that it is the result of human activities. The only unclear thing about Climate Change is how to pass effective policies to combat it. I won’t even engage climate deniers, their credibility is zero.
How can we create change? How can we involve others, encourage others, teach others? I found what I believe is at least one answer. People don’t care much about things that do not impact them NOW. So many people in all generations have no knowledge about the ocean and what lives there. They don’t know how much human life depends on healthy oceans. We need to tell them. Now, I’ve taught many people how snorkel and scuba dive, both kids and adults. The enthusiasm and the wonder on their faces has always brought me joy, and almost all of them are still diving today. I cannot take everyone in the world to the ocean, but I can do my utmost to bring the ocean world to them.
I am making it my mission to educate others on the importance of protecting our oceans and the life that lives beneath the waves. This is one reason I have published ALL FISH FACES: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish, the first of a series called OCEAN FRIENDS. Shopping in the UK? Find ALL FISH FACES on Amazon UK! By introducing people to our friends under the waves we can excite the imagination and introduce ways in which to protect our oceans. I don’t need a PhD to travel and perform citizen science, and every action produces another action. If I can suggest ways to help the ocean in a way that everyone can understand while at the same time showing them colorful and amazing photos of ocean life, my action will produce a chain reaction. Every person who reacts and takes one suggestion in the book seriously will create a better chance for future generations to experience our oceans. Every small choice counts.
There are amazing people and organizations out there working to save our ocean and its animals. I am donating 10% of profits to the Marine Megafauna Foundation to support their efforts to save our ocean giants. Dr Andrea Marshall is a friend and an inspiration to anyone who wants to make a difference. I travel frequently with her aka Queen of Mantas, on her Ray of Hope Expeditions, and you should check them out! They are wonderful experiences. Paul North is an UnderSea Specialist for Lindblad/Natgeo and has founded Meet the Ocean to educate others. Zack Rago of Chasing Coral, an incredible Netflix documentary about our coral reefs which has been nominated for Best Feature Documentary, is a self confessed coral nerd who also seeks to educate others at every opportunity. Al Gore and An Inconvenient Truth 2 is a great source as well. Join all of us who want to make a change to be sure our children and grandchildren will have an ocean to snorkel or swim in.
ALL FISH FACES is available on AMAZON!
Critical Praise and Reviews For All Fish Faces: Photos & Fun Facts About Tropical Reef Fish
“ALL FISH FACES by Tam Warner Minton is an underwater treasure of tropical reef fish faces, some fierce, some fun, but all a joy for fish fans young and old. Impressive photos and interesting facts — including names of every fish featured — create a colorful dive log worth experiencing again and again. My 9-year-old grandson loved perusing the pages, pointing out his favorites and learning fun facts about them.” Lisa Carpenter, author of the blog, Grandma’s Briefs.
“All Fish Faces is wonderful tool for kids to explore the magic of reef fishes. The weird and wild facts alongside the frequently hilarious photography make it a joy to read at any age. A must have for elementary classrooms! I’ll certainly be checking out fish faces in a new way on my next dive!”—Zack Rago, Netflix Documentary, Chasing Coral.
“A great introduction to a variety of curious and colorful fish species. Fun, and particularly informative because of the many different views offered of the fish featured. Would make a fine gift for anyone looking for an ocean introduction.”—Paul North, National Geographic Expeditions and founder of Meet the Ocean Foundation and podcast.
“Completely inspired by this amazing book from solo female traveler Tam Warner Minton who has taken her love for marine photography and created a passion project to give others a window into the underwater world. Tam is as intrigued with the incredible diversity of fishes in our ocean and their unique personalities as I am. …. Ultimately this is a testament to what one person can achieve when they set out to share their passion with others. The book is ideal for kids, my own little girl has a copy and loves it!”—Dr Andrea Marshall is a marine biologist known for her research into manta rays, and a founder of the Marine Megafauna Foundation. She was the subject of the Natural World documentary Andrea: Queen of Mantas and is a National Geographic Explorer.
“Tam is quite the fish fan and her underwater photography is beautiful, colorful and a feast for the eyes. I never tire of her eye for unusual and interesting underwater sights. I wish i had her eye and her energy! If you like beautiful nature, this is a must-have, even if you just page through it every week for inspiration. Love it.” – Miacara, Amazon Reviewer
Release Date: 7/30/17