Melbourne, Florida. Photographer and conservationist Cristina Mittermeier has outdone herself again with the release of Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet. The book is the latest in the CEMEX Conservation Book Series, for which Mittermeier serves as series editor and includes some 19 titles such as Megadiversity and Hotspots Revisited. The book is a stunningly visual testament to the beauty of our global ocean and is adorned with world-class images of iLCP and National Geographic photographers. It is also an eloquently written clarion call to our common need to protect the ocean’s wild nature. The book is a collaboration of many of the world’s leading scientists and ocean advocates, including 7 chapters by the head editors, influential scientists Dr. Greg Stone and Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier.
Although my part was small, I was proud to contribute to the making of this book. Working with long time friend and colleague Roderic Mast and other ocean experts, we present a chapter dedicated to Marine Flagship Species. For anyone familiar with Rod’s work, the chapter naturally has a strong emphasis on our ocean’s charismatic sea turtles! But of course, it doesn’t stop there. We cover the gambit of underwater favorites and even talk about uniquely iconic planktonic invertebrates. I hope you get a chance to peruse this beautiful book. In the meantime, check out this highlight reel: