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The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Oceans


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I’ve posted and sent tweets about many ocean-related resources, and thought it would be useful for me to put them all together in one place.

In addition, an international effort to create a Census of Marine Life was completed today. Several links related to it are included on this list.

Also, the United Nations has officially recognized June 8th as World Oceans Day since 2008.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About The Ocean (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

I’ve got to begin with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s “Ocean Portal.” You can find just about anything about our oceans there, including slideshows, videos, interactive timelines, etc.

Jean-Michel Cousteau has several Ocean Adventure Interactive Web Games on the PBS site that would probably be accessible to high-beginner/intermediate English Language Learner students. They’re fun activities which put students in the place of endangered fish.

Our Amazing Planet: Top To Bottom is a neat infographic.

Creatures Of The Deep Sea is a neat interactive.

Discovery has a video of the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Deep-Sea Creatures is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

How Stuff Works has a zillion ocean-related videos.

The British Council has a “talking story” about dangerous animals found near or on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It’s called “Angel! Look Out!”

The Council also has a nice song called Sea Creatures.

New Fish On The Reef is a talking story, as is Whisper of The Whale.

Coral Reef is a science interactive from Harcourt.

Sea Animals is a talking dictionary.

Ocean Pollution: Not Just For the Oil Companies is a useful infographic.

Ocean Explorer has a ton of resources.

Waterworld:How the ocean made us who we are is an interactive from The Boston Globe.

Winter’s Tail has many resources about dolphins.

First global census of marine life is an interactive from The Guardian.

In pictures: Charting the depths is a slideshow from The BBC.

See tons of images and videos at The Census of Marine Life.

Census of Marine Life: pictures of new ocean species discovered is the title of a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Life Under The Sea is a Wall Street Journal interactive.

Marine census publication marks ‘decade of discovery’ is a BBC interactive.

Here are several resources specifically about whales:

Swimming With Whales is an MSNBC interactive.

Let’s Learn About Whales is a story and quiz.

The World of Whale Wars comes from Animal Planet.

Great Whales is from the BBC.

National Geographic has an interactive on the Blue Whale.

Speaking of whales, here’s an impressive video of one.

National Geographic has an impressive feature called “The Ocean.”

Google Rolls Out Ocean Showcase: It’s a Multimedia, Underwater Street View is a post about new Google resources.

The World Database on Marine Protected Areas has videos and images of the parts of the ocean that have been protected.

6 Amazing Functions Ocean Waves Perform for the Earth is pretty interesting.

Census of Marine Life: What’s in our oceans is a very nice infographic from The Edge, a feature of a Florida newspaper.

Artificial Reefs Around the World is a series of photos from The Atlantic.

Among Giants: A Life With Whales is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

One Ocean has a ton of multimedia information, including interactives, about…the ocean.

In Pictures: The ocean’s giants comes from the BBC.

The Sea: the first wonder of the world – in pictures comes from The Guardian.

Scroll to see the ocean’s deepest depths is an interactive infographic from The BBC. Scroll down the infographic and it not only shows you information about what is happening at that depth of the ocean, it also provides videos and images. It’s similar to “Our Amazing Planet: Top To Bottom,”, but there’s no interactivity in that infographic (that one also covers above the ocean). The BBC resource is part of a very extensive multimedia feature on the ocean.

Perpetual Ocean is a NASA video showing ocean currents over a two year period.

Biggest Threats To Our Ocean’s Wildlife is a useful infographic.

Every June 8th is World Oceans Day.

Google Maps can now take you on underwater tours! It sounds like it’s not quite yet ready for prime-time, but you can read all about its expansion to well-known areas beneath the sea.

Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn is an impressive interactive from The Seattle Times.

Deep Sea Dive is a useful interactive.

TIME has published a neat interactive called “A 360-Degree View of Life at the Bottom of the Ocean.”

Suggestions are always welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Hey Larry –
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  2. JogNog is offering towers that offer an introduction to Ocean Sciences that is geared for middle school and high school students. These towers are excellent preparation for competitors in the Ocean Sciences Bowl.

    This site is a fantastic site to use for test preparation, quiz creation, and enrichment. The premise of the site is that students will answer questions about a topic. If they miss a question, they will get a chance to retry it. It is a great learning site. As students complete various levels, they build a virtual city. They can also challenge each other. My students love JogNog!

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