UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Photo: Henrik Johansson, Great Ocean Road (Some rights reserved) The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating …

World Oceans Day

Poster (Some rights reserved) June 8 is World Oceans Day. Hashtags: #WorldOceansDay, #DíaMundialDeLosOcéanos, #SaveOurOcean World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008. The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and many other partners in its network of 2,000 organizations, has been …

Surfing

Photo: Michael Dawes, Great Day at Burleig Heads (Some rights reserved) Surfing = Riding a wave towards the shore while standing or lying on a surfboard Elsewhere on the Websurfrider.org – isd CelebrationsWikipedia: International Surfing Day, held annually on the third Saturday of June, is an unofficial, environmentally conscious sports-centered holiday that celebrates the sport of …

Ocean Links

Photo: Henrikj (Some rights reserved) What would those in the know like others understand about the ocean? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesKim McCoy Discusses Impacts Rising Sea Levels Have on our Beaches and Coasts – KPCWOceans and climate, Waves and Beaches—w/ Kim McCoy, oceanographer and author – NORIThe rice of the …

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Photo: Karen Bryan/Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, Reef fish (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a mixed World Heritage Site and the world’s largest fully protected marine protected area. Size: Larger than the Gulf of Mexico and just smaller than the State of Alaska. The site is co-managed by federal and state …

Ocean

Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Some rights reserved) In a sense, there is only one ocean covering 72% of the planet. One planet, one ocean. That said five oceanic divisions are usually reckoned: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern; the last two listed are sometimes consolidated into the first three. What’s most important to …

Pacific Ocean

Photo: GSFC (Some rights reserved) Wikipedia: The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth’s oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, to Antarctica) in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the …

Turtles

Photo: Snorkeling Dives (Some rights reserved) Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. World Turtle DayThe purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase …

Whales

Photo: Newport (Some rights reserved) Experts say that whale-watching has become a billion-dollar enterprise and a wildlife tourism success story. The migration of the largest animals on the planet is a sight to behold. For travelers, seeing the same species, perhaps even the same animal, is quite a different experience depending on where you go. …

Wild Ocean

Photo Planeta.com is updating our guide to Wild Ocean – the world’s marine biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism, conscious, local, Indigenous, and responsible travel. Relevant additions and suggestions are welcome. In a sense, there is only one ocean covering 72% of the planet. One planet, one ocean. That said …