Thomas Peschak takes stunning, up-close pictures of starfish, sharks and whales. His goal? To make us fall in love with them so much that we might even care about preserving the oceans.

Jason deCaires Taylor casts giant cement sculptures that weigh thousands of pounds — and then sinks them into the ocean. His idea: to create a unique underwater gallery that algae, corals and other sea creatures can call home.

Human beings have created a whole load of problems in the oceans. Sadly, though, they usually don’t want to hear about them. Last month, a group of ocean scientists and activists brainstormed ways to make the seas sound as amazing as they are. Check out new tools, studies and discoveries that could spark positive curiosity and empathy.