Carl Safina fell in love with birds first. As a child, he bred pigeons, and as a young ecologist, he worked to protect wild birds that he called "living jewels." But those birds led him to his most enduring love - the ocean. When studying seabirds, he realized that other ocean creatures - bluefin tuna, sharks, sea turtles - were declining. Carl devoted his career to ocean conservation, and leads the Blue Ocean Institute, which uses science, art, and literature to bring people closer to the ocean. He is the host of the PBS television series Saving the Ocean. Host Majora Carter talks with Carl about the pivotal moments in his life where he realized he had to change course.
Photos courtesy of Carl Safina. Photos by Patricia Paladines and Scott Eckert.