Oceans Day (8 June) began in 2002 as an international day
celebrating the ocean, with a deeper message about protecting the
planet and preventing pollution. This year, the theme ‘Healthy
Oceans, Healthy Planet’ encouraged individuals and organisations
worldwide to take action against the amount of plastic waste that
is dumped in the sea.
Whether you swim, surf, snorkel or simply like to watch the
waves, the ocean has a special – almost sacred – significance for
many, particularly here at SUITCASE. So in honour of the sea and
all who swim in it, we collaborated with underwater photographer
and aerial cinematographer, Karim Iliya, on a series featuring one
of the ocean’s greatest inhabitants, the humpback whale.
Based in Maui, Hawaii Karim practices free diving with marine
species – it was on a recent trip to the Kingdom of Tonga that he
swam and photographed humpbacks, while turtles are familiar faces
on his dives in Hawaii.