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Creature Feature: Coral

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Creature Feature: Coral

Recent research has revealed the dire state of our planet’s coral reefs. Coral bleaching and reef death are occurring at an unprecedented rate. That being said, do we give up just because things look bleak? No! It inspires new minds and bodies to take action and do their part to learn about and protect these precious species and ecosystems.... READ MORE

Connecting Youth with the Ocean

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Connecting Youth with the Ocean

Our Executive Director, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, recently had the opportunity to join the Misión Tiburón team in Costa Rica to participate in a special shark education event.... READ MORE

Inspiration from Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle

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Inspiration from Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle

Ocean First Institute’s Klara Fejer recounts the inspirational trip she took to Cocos Island alongside marine science legend, Dr. Sylvia Earle. ... READ MORE

Community Scholarships Help Campers Shine!

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Community Scholarships Help Campers Shine!

The donations of time, work, and funds that our supporters, volunteers, and donors provide allow us to expand our scope and make a bigger difference in our community and for the planet. Learn how scholarships helped shape our summer camp programs!... READ MORE

Help us Protect the Ocean by Participating in Plastic-Free July!

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Help us Protect the Ocean by Participating in Plastic-Free July!

It’s plastic-free July! Read our tips for going plastic free to improve ocean health and the health of the entire planet. We can be the solution to better marine health, whether we live on the coast or in the Rocky Mountains!... READ MORE

Creature Feature: Disco Clams

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Creature Feature: Disco Clams

We jump at every opportunity we get to share our knowledge and love of the ocean, but not all marine creatures get the attention they deserve. Today, we will focus on the strange and beautiful disco clam, Ctenoides ales. These groovy bivalves of the Indo-Pacific get their name from the flashing light display that they put on!... READ MORE

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza

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Staff Spotlight: Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza turned her fear of sharks into a love of sharks and marine science. Now she’s one of the world’s leading shark biologists and she’s leading efforts to create a new generation of ocean advocates right here in the mountains!... READ MORE

Celebrating World Oceans Day with Ocean First Institute

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Celebrating World Oceans Day with Ocean First Institute

While we mark every day at Ocean First Institute with marine conservation and stewardship efforts, we like to take special measure to celebrate and renew our commitment to these precious underwater ecosystems on World Oceans Day!... READ MORE

Ocean First Institute and Misión Tiburón Receive Disney Conservation Grant for Shark Research in Costa Rica

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Ocean First Institute and Misión Tiburón Receive Disney Conservation Grant for Shark Research in Costa Rica

Ocean First Institute and Misión Tiburón are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund as a part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the decline of at-risk wildlife around the world. The conservation grant recognizes Ocean First Institute and Misión Tiburón’s efforts to protect and conserve Costa Rica’s endangered scalloped hammerhead shark.... READ MORE

Celebrating our Blue Planet this Earth Day

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Celebrating our Blue Planet this Earth Day

When I grow up, I want to be a shark photographer!” Actually, those words never once crossed my lips when I was young. Quite the contrary, I was terrified of sharks. As a child in the mid-to-late 1970s, I was very aware of the blockbuster movie ‘JAWS,’ and its portrayal of a vengeful, man-eating great white shark. So how did I go from being convinced that I was about to be a shark’s next meal to traveling the world to photograph and try to save them?  A big part of that had to do with my becoming a diver and actually seeing sharks in the wild.... READ MORE