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'Oceana': Amazing Images Of Our Endangered Seas (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/18/11 09:01 AM ET

I've been involved in ocean conservation for decades, and in that time, a lot has changed, but a lot has stayed the same. Last year I decided it was time to write it all down before I get too old to tell the difference. With help from some of the world's most respected authorities in the fields of marine science and commercial fishing, as well as other influential activists, and a very talented co-author, Mike D'Orso, I wrote "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them "-- a book that describes the most critical threats to the oceans and how we can turn them around. What follows is an eye-opening look at some of the biggest issues we face -- images that I hope will inspire you to take action and help us turn back the clock on this looming crisis.

Ted, Laguna Beach 1953
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My father was an anthropologist and my mother was a very spiritual person. They taught me that we are part of the world we live in and that we have to understand it and be good stewards. I also had the benefit of having Hopi friends as a kid in Arizona and their appreciation for the natural world had a great influence on me. And while I grew up in Arizona, I always enjoyed the ocean on visits to see family in California. I had a very vivid dream when I was seven years old. I had a high fever and I woke up screaming and I ran into my parent's room. They asked me what was wrong and I described my nightmare. I was sitting on the beach and God's voice said, "Ted, you have one hour to enter the oceans into this bucket," and then he gave me a spoon with holes in it. Typical young actor's megalomania in development, maybe, but you'd have to say I've been thinking about the oceans for many years!
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