The Ocean Blog

Christine, the Ocean Portal Community Manager wants to hear from you. Please leave a comment, send us an email, or use the feedback module to let her know what you think of the site.

Welcome to the Ocean Portal Blog!

Christine, the Ocean Portal Community Manager wants to hear from you. Please leave a comment, send us an email, or use the feedback module to let her know what you think of the site. Credit: Laetitia Plaisance If you've found your way here, you've probably already seen the homepage of the Smithsonian Institution's brand new Ocean Portal (or OP, for short). We encourage you to spend some time exploring the OP and let us know what you think. This is an experiment and an invitation. It's our first attempt to really work closely with visitors to build an interactive web experience - not just a...Read more
A great white shark in the waters of the coast of Guadelupe, Mexico.

The results are in...

A great white shark in the waters of the coast of Guadelupe, Mexico. Credit: Caterina Gennaro/Marine Photobank In September, during the Sant Ocean Hall's first anniversary celebration, the Ocean Portal Team hit the museum floor to tell visitors about the OP and get some early feedback. Let's face it, we spend a lot of time at our computers, so we were very excited to meet people face-to-face. We asked visitors to vote on which ocean creature they'd like to see featured next on the portal: Chinook salmon, great white sharks, vent worms, or moon jellies. For those who couldn’t visit us in...Read more
Each year, thousands of local teachers join us for Smithsonian Teachers’ Night.

Learning from a Sea of Teachers

Each year, thousands of local teachers join us for Smithsonian Teachers’ Night. Credit: Smithsonian Institution On Friday, the OP Team had another great opportunity to talk face-to-face with some of the people that the Ocean Portal will serve: teachers. More than 4,000 teachers attended Smithsonian Teachers Night, and hundreds stopped by our table in the Sant Ocean Hall to chat with us and learn more about the OP. Teachers, your enthusiasm was infectious! We thought it was interesting how many of you noted the need for great pictures and video, as well as really cool, interesting, and even...Read more

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