American kids call it “the ocean.”

The difference makes all the difference when you go swimming in water.

The ocean comes at you. You have to penetrate it. You have to battle, dance with, or surf the waves to access it. That’s the experience you get out of it.

Ocean waves and beach sand crashing and foaming at the feet of a woman
The Pacific Ocean in Malibu

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ASLI SONCELEY

ASLI SONCELEY

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Artist. Environmentalist. Immigrant. Mother. Investigating the links between environmental health and mental health.