Embracing Change through Ocean Exploration

Unique among the universe’s known planets, the Earth is a sphere dominated by water. The oceans cover 70 percent of the planet’s surface and are home to a myriad of amazing and beautiful creatures. The oceans drive climate and weather patterns, generate more than 70% of the oxygen we breathe, absorb carbon dioxide, feed the clouds with moisture, provide food, are a deep source of inspiration to our spirits, connect cultures and, most importantly, sustain all life. But the biological diversity of marine habitats is threatened by the activities of one 
species: –humans.

Join Holly S. Lohuis, marine biologist and Jean-Michel 
Cousteau’s dive partner, for an engaging, uplifting and educational 
presentation on “Embracing Change through Ocean Exploration.” Through a multi-media presentation, Holly will show recently released sequences from OFS’ IMAX- ‘Secret Ocean 3D’ as well as share behind the scene stories from PBS’ series Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures. Sharing stunning HD footage and engaging stories from her travels around the world, Holly highlights the complexities of the ocean environment and some of the impacts threatening the long-term vitality of our water planet. Using kelp forests as an example of an underwater sustainable city, Holly will highlight many lessons the ocean can teach us on how we can all take part in the global solution of creating a sustainable future. As Jean-Michel Cousteau always says: “Whether it is a human community, kelp forests, marine mammals or the planet, biological diversity is social security. Protecting it is protecting ourselves.” We protect what we love and through Holly’s presentation you will fall in the love with many of the fascinating marine creatures and feel empowered to be a part of the long-term solution of marine conservation and stewardship. Protecting our ocean now will be our gift to the future.

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we 
understand and we will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum


Holly left a lasting impression on quite a few people after her presentation. They were all mesmerized by her films, slides and talk. We thank Holly for helping us to more greatly appreciate the beauty of our oceans. — Elaine Timbers, President of the Board of Directors, The Hobe Sound Nature Center, Hobe Sound, FL

I want you to know what a deep and lasting impression you made on my students by your presence, your talk, and your videos. Thank you! — Marcia Warrecker, Santa Barbara City College

I want you to know that you have truly made a difference in a lot of young, and older, minds! I received so much positive feedback about your lecture. You have a great gift that has come from years of communicating with people. Thank you! — Robert Nelson, La Jolla, CA

You were certainly one of our best presenters in recent memory, and that doesn’t just come from me. — Shawn Broes, Sole Searchers Dive Club

Holly’s presentation touched me so much, for going into this field is such a good deed. Without people like Holly, our world would keep spiraling down into a big ditch that might be inescapable. — Shivani Patel, Valley Christian School, San Jose

Holly has an incredible ability to bring the complexity and wonder of life in the ocean to the classroom by balancing her use of video alongside explanations of the natural history and ecology of marine life. Holly is an inspirational teacher who effectively communicates the importance of protecting and conserving oceans with a passion that is required to make a difference. — Sara Baguskas, Instructor, California Channel Islands, UC-Santa Barbara