About The Ocean Portal
Welcome to the Ocean Portal. We focus on everything ocean – unusual and everyday organisms, ocean-inspired art, researchers devoting their lives to exploring the still mostly mysterious ecosystem. We here at the Ocean Portal learn something new everyday and we want to share it with you!
The Ocean Portal is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Ocean Initiative. Together with the National Museum of Natural History’s Sant Ocean Hall and the Sant Marine Science Chair, the Ocean Portal supports the Smithsonian’s mission to increase the public’s understanding and stewardship of the Ocean.
Whether you live near the coast or far away, you can take positive actions to preserve and protect our world’s Ocean, which covers 71% of the planet!
We hope you come here to learn and get inspired by our amazing ocean. Thanks for diving in!
Where to start?
- Read our blog
- Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest
- Check out what's new on "Today's Catch"
- Gain deeper knowledge about life in the ocean, ocean systems and the multitude of ways that we humans connect with the ocean.
- Send us a comment or question
The Congress of the
NOAA (National Oceanic and
Victoria and Roger Sant
The Summit Fund of
Guenther and Siewchin Yong
Sony Electronics, Inc.
Barbara K. and Cyrus B. Sweet III
Booz Allen Hamilton
Code Blue Foundation
Malcolm Collins, Miles Collins and Catherine
Michael and Sandy Collins
Edward O. Gaylord
Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
The Henry Foundation
Lisina and Frank Hoch
Steven and Jane Hoch
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and
The Landmark Communications Foundation
Philip S. and Patricia J. Nelson and The Sidney S. Byers Charitable Trust
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Feodor Pitcairn Productions, Ltd.
In Recognition of Their Dedicated Support
The Honorable Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
The Honorable Ernest “Fritz” Hollings of