I Love Introducing People to the Wonders of the Ocean

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A new ocean enthusiast!

I have always loved introducing people to the ocean. First time snorkelers, first time divers, and especially children seeing the underwater world for the first time. I cannot count how many people I have taught to snorkel or taken snorkeling, and most of them went on to dive and become certified divers. Since I am always excited to be in the water and see fish and animals and corals, I enjoy being with others who are as excited as I am!

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This future oceanographer was a natural in the water!

Good fortune came my way in Cozumel a week ago, when a ten year old girl staying next door to me fell in love with the ocean. Her entire family did! They were in Cozumel for a family wedding that took place at Villa Torres, though Villa Coronado did the honors for the ceremony! I loved the whole group, they were just wonderful. The young girl, Addison (love that name), went out on a snorkel with me and we had a great adventure: scorpion fish, flounders, yellow stingrays, and amazingly enough, a seahorse! That was magical. Seahorses are hard to find in Cozumel since the 2006 hurricane, so finding one on a snorkel was just incredible. We stayed out for over an hour, and she could not get enough! It was so fun to show her the underwater world. I had forgotten how much I enjoy introducing new people to the beautiful creatures. She was particularly drawn to the Queen Parrotfishes just becoming adults with their dazzling colors.

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yellow sting ray

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Not a great photo, but that is a seahorse!

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Young eyes are good at spotting!

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A pretty spotted Scorpionfish

The desire to write a book series about our Ocean Friends was something I always wanted to do in order to introduce people to the animals in the ocean. When people get interested and excited, they want to learn more, and to experience it. My first published book, Fish Faces: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish, is meant to begin a journey of getting to know our ocean friends, and how important they are to our survival on this planet. It all begins with knowledge, and with knowledge comes enthusiasm. Learning should be fun at any and every age!  Fish Faces is available on LULU.com right now, and will be on Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon, within the next few weeks. It is the same price on all the sites. Do you know someone interested in the ocean? This is a super fun way to learn about fish species and how different they look from ocean to ocean. I have dived in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, and many of the seas within them, so my photographs reflect a planetary view of ocean fish, along with fun facts about each species.

I so enjoyed my time snorkeling with Addison, and it makes me want to show people the ocean even more! I hope you take a look at All Fish Faces!


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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. You certainly have done an excellent job introducing ME to the wonders of the ocean, Tam! Your posts and images are stunning.

  2. Carolann says:

    Love the selfie! You always share the most wonderful photos. I can and do get lost in them. You both looked like you had so much fun!

  3. I love that selfie! I bet that little girl will always remember her amazing experience with you. Congrats on the book! I’m so happy you’re sharing your gorgeous photos that way!
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  4. Laurie says:

    Dear Tam,

    Thank you for your encouragement and energy 🙂 I love traveling and I’ve been blogging for nine years, but never the twain shall meet. I’ve never been big on describing my own experiences or taking pictures of stuff. So travel blogging isn’t for me.

    But, I included you in my most recent article, called The Most Inspiring Adventure Travel Blogs for Women. I hope it’s okay that I included your photo with your blog description — please do let me know if you have any questions or concerns, ok?

    I attached the link to my name, instead of putting it here (in case I’m marked spam).

    In peace and passion,

  5. that selfie right there is awesome!!

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