Welcome to OpenOceans Global!
Sharing useful, fun and accurate information about the world's oceans!
Live Ocean Web Cams!

Click the blue arrow on the image to watch the Blue Cavern web cam at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  To see more than 60 web cams, visit our Ocean Web Cam page!


The Best Five Minutes of Ocean Video

We think this TED talk by David Gallo from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute called "Underwater Astonishments" is the most fun five minutes ever recorded.  You might recognize David from his CNN interviews regarding Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. For more great video talks go to our Video Voices page.

Tracking and Visualizing Marine Life

All over the world researchers are tagging and tracking marine life to learn about their movements. This video shows the tagging procedure on a white shark conducted by Ocearch. Visit our Marine Life Tracking page for links to the best of the marine tracking visualizations.

Great Marine Aquariums of the World

The great marine aquariums of the world provide understanding of the ocean second only to being out on the water. Aquariums like the Monterey Bay Aquarium with its Open Sea Cam (pictured - click on the arrow for a live feed) are found globally.  Go to our Aquarium page to see an ever-growing list.

Top 20 Ocean Novels 

The ocean has been the subject or primary setting of numerous novels. At OpenOceans Global, we want to celebrate those works of literature with a Top 20 list of ocean novels and a whole bunch more. Go to the Top 20 Ocean Novels page to see the list and lik to a description of each work.

Top 20 Ocean Feature Films
Finding Nemo
Public perceptions about the ocean are shaped, in part, by what we learn from general media sources.  Check out the Top 20 Ocean Feature Films page, read the summaries, link to the trailers and see how the general public might perceive the ocean as a result.

Ocean Games
Sea Otter Challenge
Games and online interactive tools make learning about the ocean fun. We've just started our Ocean Games page. These links come from respected ocean research and education organizations. Do you know of others?

Welcome to OpenOceans Global!
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to "Linking People to the World's Oceans™" through sharing information that will result in more informed decisions.


News and Updates

Updated ocean news and links to ocean news sources can be found on our Ocean News page. 

Founding Partners
OpenOceans Globals thanks our founding partners for their initial and continuing support of our efforts.  These three organizations are world-class in each of their areas of operation and their initial support helps to underscore the importance of OpenOceans Global's mission.  Please see this area in the future for additional founding partners.

National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Aquarium of the Pacific

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Geological Survey's Science Impact Collaborative (MUSIC)

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Eye on Earth Summit 2015
International Gathering Seeks to Bring Together International Environmental Data

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, led by Secretary General Razan Hkalifa Al Mubarak (left) is hosting the Eye on Earth Summit (EOE) in Abu Dhabi from October 5-8, 2015. This second international EOE gathering brings together 650 people from around the globe to discuss how to bring together environmental data in a way that will make it useful for informing decision- making about issues facing the planet, both globally and locally.

The first Summit in 2011 led to the development of the visionary EoE Declaration and its 14 guiding principles, which form the foundation of all EoE work. It was endorsed by 48 countries (16 countries plus 32 European Environment Agency member countries).

Eight Special Initiatives were chosen & committed to. The Special Initiatives address major environmental issues and are categorized into five thematic and three foundational initiatives. 

OpenOceans Global has been active on Eye on Oceans and Blue Carbon Initiative, serving on that initiative's guiding committee. OpenOceans President Carl Nettleton is moderating a panel at the 2015 EOE Summit entitled "The Role of Mapping and Joint Fact-finding in Efficiently Creating Community." The session will look at how increased understanding of the role of data and mapping can support joint fact finding. According to the Summit organizers, having distinct groups/people come together towards one common cause/action can be an efficient means towards creating an active and engaged society.


It's Shark Week All Year at OpenOceans Global!

Photo Credit: ©Carl Roessler "Maddened Attack" 

Click on the image of the shark and go to our Shark Week map to link to shark attack videos, shark tracking visualizations, and much more!

Bringing the Ocean World to You
At OpenOceans Global, we intend to build an international ocean community that cuts across all sectors of ocean use, protection, management, and research. The globe below provides an ever-growing measure of that community.  Each dot represents the origination of site visitors.  We invite you to explore our web site, utilize the tools available to provide additional information to help us better link you and other visitors to the ocean world.