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?