Conservation Spotlight: One Ocean Diving
In 2016, four individuals worldwide were killed by sharks. To contrast that statistic, an average of 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. Despite the extremely low probability of a shark attacking you, let alone killing you, many humans justify the declining shark population with their fear of the mammal. One group, however, is working to create a familiarity between humans and sharks and thus raise awareness for conservation efforts: One Ocean Diving.
One Ocean Diving is based out of Oahu, Hawaii, and has a focus of conservation, research, education, and diving. One Ocean Diving is led by shark conservationist, Marine Biologist, and Ethologist Ocean Ramsey. Ramsey has worked with 32 species of sharks and serves as the co-scientific adviser and the safety adviser for the I.S.P, Hawaii Shark Program and other International programs, in addition to being the head field researcher for One Ocean Diving.
One Ocean Diving is best known for their Pelagic Shark Program. This activity lets people snorkel with sharks with no cage separating them from the marine life. The program has a 100% safety record and the staff members accompanying you on the trip are trained for unlikely trauma situations. The objective of the diving trips is to leave you feeling more comfortable with sharks than you were before- consequently making you more likely to care about conservation efforts for sharks. One Ocean Diving believes education is a key part of shark conservation as so many individuals let their fear of sharks excuse a lack of empathy for their growing risk of endangerment.
To learn more about One Ocean Diving or to book a free diving trip, visit their website.