Ocean for Life 2011 – Journey to Santa Cruz Island

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Erica Haasen Knox

Our journey out to the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary furthered the Ocean for Life field study by allowing students to develop their own first-hand accounts of how conservation and awareness can restore the natural balance of an environment.

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Emiliano Valle

National Geographic Photo Camp Ocean for Life 2011/ Photo (left) by Habib Samer Zaidan Nasser and (right) by Natasha Khan

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Alhassan Ali Omar

 

On Anacapa Island, the National Parks Service invited the students to attend a live, underwater interpretive “hike” led by Park Ranger Dave.  Dave and his team of divers and videographers went to depths of about 20 feet to lead a fully interactive tour of a restored kelp forest and it’s inhabitants.  Students were able to see and converse with Dave via live monitors and an underwater mic/headset system.  Then the students set out to explore the kelp forests on their own on nearby Santa Cruz Island.

National Geographic Photo Camp Ocean for Life 2011/ Photo (left) by Emily Tilton and (right) by Natasha Khan

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Brooke Liston

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Aneesah Jaffer

National Geographic Photo Camp Ocean for Life 2011/ Photo (left) by Emiliano Valle and (right) by Ellie Burck

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Aneesah Jaffer

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Emily Tilton

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Brooke Liston

National Geographic Photo Camp Ocean for Life 2011/ Photo (left) by Ellie Burck and (right) by Bader Naser Al-Habib

National Geographic Photo Camp Ocean for Life 2011/ Photos by Devan Christine Gann

The Nature Conservancy has been working hard for many years to restore this special place to it’s original balance of life before human development.  Although there was not much “development” per se, the effects of it’s only occupants over the last century were near disastrous.  More information on the past and present state of this incredible island can be found HERE.

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Aneesah Jaffer

National Geographic Photo Camp Ocean for Life 2011/ Photo (left) by Randy Silver and (right) by Bonnie Alonzo

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Amira Ahmed Ali

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/ Photo by Brooke Liston

 

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