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?


Contributors to the Ocean Initiative and the Sant Ocean Hall

The Congress of the
United States

NOAA (National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration)

Victoria and Roger Sant

The Summit Fund of



Ocean Conservancy

Guenther and Siewchin Yong

Sony Electronics, Inc.

Barbara K. and Cyrus B. Sweet III

Anonymous (2)

Booz Allen Hamilton

Code Blue Foundation

Malcolm Collins, Miles Collins and Catherine

Collins Masterson

Michael and Sandy Collins

Edward O. Gaylord

Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.

The Henry Foundation

History Channel

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.

Sealaska Corporation

In Recognition of Their Dedicated Support
and Leadership

The Honorable Judd Gregg of New Hampshire

The Honorable Ernest “Fritz” Hollings of
South Carolina