I've been making an effort to instill the ocean life in my children since each of them were born.
My father did the same for me, as my grandfather did for him. It's a priceless gift that keeps being passed down through generations. I received, and now it's my turn to give.
My children make it easy. A love for the sea has come natural to them.
11-year-old Anna loves to jump in the water and see what creatures she can find.
8-year-old James, however, prefers to cast a line and try to bring the creatures to him.
And 4-year-old John still falls asleep on every boat ride, but I think it's because he feels so much peace out there.
After my father passed away two years ago, I've felt a strange urgency to try even harder. I see my children sprouting up, forming opinions, asking for iPhones, and I just want to stop time and go fishing with them forever.
I know it's not possible, but my feeling, in part, is my reason for founding Ocean Life. It's a way for my family and I to work together and build something that revolves around what we love, and a way to catalogue our memories and share them in hopes of inspiring others to love the sea and all its wonders.
Until next time, tight lines and calm waters!