Hi! Welcome to Imagine Oceans! I have been fortunate enough to be introduced to the wonders of our oceans at an early age. I began scuba diving with my Dad at age 11, and I am now a PADI-certified Rescue Scuba Diver. So far I have completed over 50 logged dives in some amazing locations such as The Bahamas, Belize, Mexico, Hawaii, The Cayman Islands, Barbados, and Honduras. I have done some incredible wreck dives, night dives, and marine conservation dives, and have done a good deal of underwater photography and videography.

These experiences deepened my interest in the underwater world and inspired me to create this website, Imagine Oceans, as way to share with other teens my passion for oceanic exploration, marine biology and ecosystems, and the conservation of our coral reefs.

Recently, I wrote, directed, and shot a documentary film about the Lionfish, a marine predator that is threatening the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea. I used both surface and underwater footage, which I shot at remote island locations in Honduras and at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Here is a clip from my documentary “The Roar of the Ocean: The Lionfish Invasion of the Caribbean.”

I hope that Imagine Oceans will become an exciting online community for young people around the world that are interested in the oceans and marine biology. Teens can share their stories and submit videos, photos and writings to imagineoceans13@gmail.com and the most interesting ones will be posted on the site.

Christian Lippey, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

"People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth's life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth's water is there. It's the blue heart of the planet — we should take care of our heart. It's what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won't get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something." Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

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