Ocean Ramsey is a shark and marine biologist and conservationist. She is also a professional level freediver, scuba instructor, and avid surfer & swimmer. Her life’s work & passion is marine conservation. To showcase her dedication and impressive work in the field, we have teamed up with her to create the Water Inspired collection - a series of high quality wetsuits and accessories that draw inspiration from some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures.
Many people cringe at the very thought of encountering a Tiger shark, yet the truth is Tiger sharks are one of the most cautious and personable species in the ocean. Due to this undeserved bad reputation, shark finning, sports fishing and the dangers of nets and longline fisheries, the Tiger shark population is now at threat with becoming endangered. It is our hope that with this partnership we can educate and raise awareness to support this shark, which is so important to our ocean’s ecosystem.
Sharks are the most threatened species on the planet. They are also one of the most misunderstood, being widely seen as nothing more than mindless monsters. But the reality is that sharks are intelligent, generally cautious, and extremely non-confrontational. In fact, more people die from coconuts, drowning and insect bites every year than shark bites. In contrast, humans kill 70 to 100 million sharks every year, causing the collapse of fisheries and reef ecosystems around the globe. It’s a shame since sharks are vital to the health of our oceans, functioning as their immune system by picking off the dead, dying, weak, sick, and injured animals to keep diseases from spreading. And healthy oceans are critical to healthy humans: approximately 70% of our oxygen comes from the ocean. I hope this piece inspires you to give sharks a deeper look and provides an opportunity to raise awareness and educate others to the truth about sharks and their importance.
Did you know whale sharks are now an endangered species? Sadly, these gentle giants are being killed at unsustainable rates, mainly for shark fin soup. The whale shark’s beautiful pattern and great size – they are the largest shark species – makes them a coveted target of the shark fin soup industry. Truly tragic, since these giant filter feeders are one of the most peaceful, docile, and, in my opinion, most beautiful shark species. Their killing is also wrongheaded: The global economic value of a live whale shark far outweighs the value of its fins in the shark fin soup trade. Eco-tourism is sustainable and has multi-level benefits to local economies and the environment. Please help support responsible eco-tourism that supports research and responsible boating through their known aggregation sites.
For me, this water piece represents life. I feel that water, and specifically the ocean, is the connective medium that links us all together. It also reminds me to live life to the fullest, because whether I’m sliding across a wave on a surfboard, or gliding underwater among sharks, whales and dolphins, these are the best and most profound moments of my life. I hope this piece inspires and helps you to live life to the fullest, enjoy your time in the water more, and especially to make choices and take actions to protect our oceans and marine life - Ocean Ramsey.