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Take a Trip Underwater, 'For the Love of the Sea'

Lewis Blackwell's new photo book captures beautiful and rare sea creatures in all their diversity.

by Nicole Walsh
05 October 2015, 6:05pm

From The Life & Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell. Image copyright © Stephen Frink/Getty Images 

VICE is covering the launch of the Global Goals for sustainable development. In the next 15 years, they want to achieve three massive tasks: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change.

In The Life & Love of the Sea, Lewis Blackwell, once the creative head of Getty Images, showcases his love for all things oceanographic. The book takes readers on a journey from the depths of great barrier reefs to dramatic island coastlines. From mesmerising images of whales and manta rays along with rare sea creatures, it showcases underwater photography from the world’s leading marine and nature photographers in over 216 pages. When you purchase the book, you can access bonus footage from award-winning underwater cameraman Steven Hathaway, via a scannable QR code.

In the video promo below, Blackwell says, "If there is one thing I want the readers to take away from The Life & Love of the Sea, it's a sense of wonder, a sense of wanting to find out more but also an inspiration to do the many things we need to do with our relationship to the sea. To be like a first dive into the actual sea again with this information, finding new creatures, finding new understanding of the ecosystem, new places." 

Blackwell's decree is a timely one and perhaps can inspire a larger population to take action to save the seas. This year, the United Nations created Sustainable Development Goals: Life Below Water, encouraging people the world over to reduce marine pollution, protect marine and coastal ecosystems like the ones captured in The Life & Love of the Sea, and, among other targets, to increase scientific research and marine technology to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity.  

We think Blackwell and the polar bear featured below would agree with its importance. Learn more about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals here, and enjoy the beautiful and diverse creatures of the sea below:

From The Life & Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell. Image copyright © (l) Alex Mustard/Nature Picture Library, (r) tunart/Getty Images 

From The Life & Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell. Image copyright © Franco Banfi/Nature Picture Library 

From The Life & Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell. Image copyright © Pascal Kobeh/Nature Picture Library 

From The Life & Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell.Image copyright © (l) Lise Ulrich Fine Art Photography, (r) Russell Kaye/Sandra-Lee Phipps/Getty Images 

From The Life & Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell.Image copyright © Jurgen Freund/Nature Picture Library 

From The Life & Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell. Image copyright © Art Wolfe 

From The Life & Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell.

To learn more about Lewis Blackwell's The Life & Love of the Sea, out now from Abrams, click here

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