The Ocean Today

A compendium of some of the best news and information to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework and responsible science for sustainable development of the ocean. Explore the Decade.

To support all educators and parents navigating a new learning landscape, the World Ocean Observatory is gathering a compendium of home-study tools and resources for teaching and learning about the ocean. These resources can be used by parents, schools, educators and others to address the educational gaps created by Covid-19. This list of resources is a work in progress: please reach out if you have other key elements that we should be sharing with our global community.

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:

A weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. More than 550 episodes are now available for RSS feed, podcast, and syndicated use at no cost by community and public radio stations worldwide. We are distributed throughout North America, Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa. Broadcasters: please contact us for more information. LEARN MORE.

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An exploratory, educational virtual aquarium experience, free for use in the classroom and at home by ocean enthusiasts ages 10 and up. In January 2021 the W2O began an exciting new collaboration with the Schmidt Ocean Institute. We are in development of a virtual Deep Sea Exhibit to showcase encounters and discoveries during Schmidt's many deep sea expeditions, most specifically their Australia Campaign in 2020.
In spring of 2021 we secured foundation funding to construct the lobby: the entrance to the aquarium that will have its own displays to introduce visitors to the full catalogue of resources and exhibits contained within—in effect to build the place where we welcome and introduce our educational concepts and organizational themes to what we expect to be an audience of millions able to access WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER on any device anywhere at any time at no cost. Our ambition is to make the ocean accessible through inclusive interaction as wide, deep, and dynamic as the ocean itself.

Inviting fresh ideas, new solutions, provocative and imaginative conversations about the future of the ocean, and links unexpected people with unexpected ideas. This 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.

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

New in 2021:
by Peter Neill
Available April 21, 2021 through your favorite local bookseller or at


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.




World Ocean Observatory is pleased to offer a variety of original and third party ocean exhibits. Our goal is to connect our audience of more than one million visitors each year with maritime museums and aquariums around the globe. We wish to be a central location for a wide variety of ocean exhibits related to maritime heritage, culture, climate, art, science, and examples of the important role that the ocean plays in our lives.



Visit and subscribe to W2O's YouTube Channel to find a variety of relevant, cutting-edge, beautiful, informative, and thoughtful 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.