Growing up in Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,000 miles from the nearest ocean, January Jones yearned to be a marine biologist. So it's no surprising that the 31-year-old actress is enthralled with one of the sea's biggest fish. "Sharks are perceived as monsters," Jones told InStyle
, but in reality, they are "intelligent and beautiful." To raise awareness about the vital role shares play in marine ecosystems, Jones got involved with Oceana
, an organization dedicated to protecting the world's oceans. Naturally, she was a bit frightened before her first big dive in the Bahamas, but she posited, "Hollywood sharks are a lot scarier than the ones here."