The Ocean Today

World Ocean Observatory (W2O) is pleased to share World Ocean Explorer, a first-of-its-kind immersive virtual aquarium. Deep Sea, sponsored by Schmidt Ocean Institute, is the first exhibit in the virtual aquarium, showcasing deep-sea discoveries. The Hub is the main entryway into World Ocean Explorer virtual aquarium, with access to all exhibits from the main space. THE HUB will also contain the Ocean Classroom Educational Resource Center and Ocean Theater with a catalog of short and feature length ocean films.

World Ocean Forum is a place for key ocean voices: professionals and Citizens of the Ocean alike, to contribute to an active forum of opinion, ideas, and proposals for change in ocean policy and action worldwide. World Ocean Forum is actively pursuing submissions. To inquire about becoming a contributing writer, please contact us: [email protected].

are focused, evocative, timely, and are made possible through the support of our sponsors. They will fit in small spaces, are economical to produce, and are well-suited for schools, libraries, museums and aquaria, and any other educational organization. Subjects such as exploration, maritime culture, art, literature, shipbuilding, transportation, trade, and more. Explore World Ocean Exhibits

Weekly 5-minute broadcasts offer meaningful, relevant, science-based information, news and commentary about the state of the climate and ocean. Interstitial first-person essays reporting on the issues we’re most concerned with today and sharing the things that engage and inspire us. Commentary on the latest innovative technologies, exemplary projects and solutions, successes, and heroes, and the waypoints forward toward a sustainable future ocean. World Ocean Radio broadcast its 700th episode in January 2024.

World Ocean Observatory is proud to partner on a series of provocative publications about the ocean, published in association with Leete's Island Books. Five titles have been published to date with a sixth slated for spring 2024.

Programs & Services

Five-minute weekly insights dive into ocean science, advocacy and education, hosted by Peter Neill, Director of the W2O, author, and lifelong ocean advocate. Episodes offer perspectives on global ocean issues, today’s challenges, marine science and policy, and exemplary solutions. Available for RSS feed, podcast, and syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.




THE HUB is the newest addition to Explorer, the central, organizing space and portal to all other aspects of the virtual experience. THE HUB is the heart of the knowledge contained throughout Explorer, central to the organization and access to the learning, context and entry to all other exhibits. 

DEEP SEA is the premiere exhibit of Explorer, showcasing encounters and discoveries made during Schmidt Ocean Institute's deep-sea expeditions.

Looking for activities, lesson plans, science projects or marine species resources for the classroom? Our Curriculum Catalog provides a comprehensive list of links to educational content, lesson plans, and educational activities for kindergarten through secondary programs.  
Modern data visualizations offer innovative and fascinating ways to look at, actively engage in, and interpret data and ocean events. Visualization Theater has the potential to transform the way in which we engage with and learn about scientific facts related to the world ocean.


Offering a variety of original and third-party ocean exhibits to connect web visitors with maritime museums and aquariums around the globe, showcasing ocean exhibits related to maritime heritage, culture, climate, art, science, and examples of the important role that the ocean plays in our lives.



Visit W2O's YouTube Channel to find a variety of engaging, cutting-edge, beautiful, informative, thoughtful and relevant original and curated content. Our intent is to communicate the full spectrum of today's ocean issues: climate, fresh water, food, energy, trade, transportation, public health, finance, governance, recreation, culture and more. Subscribe today.


Provocative books about the ocean, published in association with Leete's Island Books.

100% Fish: How Smart Seafood Companies Make Better Use of Resources
by Thor Sigfusson, PhD
200 pages
Trade paper, EPub
September, 2023

Oceanic Feeling
by Peter Neill
46 pages
Trade paper, PDF, EPub
April, 2023