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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    The Fourth Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards Ceremony will be held May 21 in Washington, D.C. Author of "Jaws," Benchley (1940-2006) spent more than 40 years educating the public about protecting sharks and our oceans' ecosystems. His widow, Wendy, continues his legacy of conservation. Pictured here is a whaleshark in the Cocos Islands, located in the eastern Indian Ocean and often referred to as "Shark Islands."
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    Pictured here is a thriving coral reef. After "Jaws," directed by Steven Spielberg, was released, it inspired not only a generation of ocean conservationists but also shark-killing tournaments around the world, which left Benchley and his wife heartbroken.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    Sea turtles swim in a group. The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards is part of the three-day Blue Vision Summit 3 sponsored by Blue Frontier Campaign, which works with grassroots marine conservation groups.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    The Benchley award celebrates outstanding achievements that led to the protection of our coasts, oceans and the communities that depend on them. Categories include exploration and science, policy, media, youth activist, and hero of the seas.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    Cocos Island is often referred to as Shark Island , and it's a critically important area for endangered sea turtles and scalloped hammerhead sharks.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    A hammerhead shark swims in a coral reef. More than 500 ocean leaders from conservation, science, policy, recreation and other marine-related areas participating in Blue Vision Summit 3 will celebrate seven of their colleagues during the 4th Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    Pictured here are the Cocos Islands, located in the eastern Indian Ocean. Often referred to as Shark Island, the area is important for endangered sea turtles and scalloped hammerhead sharks.
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    The Gulf of Mexico has been a major focus of ocean efforts this year.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    Hammerhead sharks swim in the Cocos Islands.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    Greg Stone, who took this photo, is being awarded the PBOA for Excellence in Solutions. Stone, who's with the New England Aquarium, first visited the Phoenix Islands in 2000. He helped establish, along with the island nation of Kiribati, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, located near the equator between Fiji and Hawaii.
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    A fish swims in the Cocos Islands.
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    A close-up shot of the coral reef.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    Barracudas swim in the Gulf of Mexico, which has been a major focus of ocean efforts this year.
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  • Peter Benchley Ocean Award Photos

    Barracudas swim in the Cocos Islands.
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