Books, Film & The Arts

The ocean plays the part of muse for many artists. Books, films, and the arts often pull inspiration from the sea—you can explore them here!

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Break On Through

"Break On Through" was taken by Wendy Wolf at California's Pfeiffer Beach. This photo was a winning selection in the Portraits of Planet Ocean Flickr contest. Credit: Wendy Wolf I took this shot at...

Art Forms in Nature: Marine Species From Ernst Haeckel

Today’s discoveries about our planet’s biological diversity build upon the research of previous generations of scientists. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a digital library committed to providing free and open access to this...
Happy World Ocean Day!

Coral Letters: A Message from the Corals of Curacao

If you look closely, you can read a message in the corals. We are not being metaphorical. Barry and Aimee Brown set out to search for hidden letters among brain coral colonies two years...

December in Malibu

"December in Malibu" by Andrew Richards Credit: Andrew Richards Shooting seascapes often involves hiking on very delicate rock formations near tidepools and reefs full of plant and marine life. The photographer has to be...
Colorful scaleworm on a seastar

Pops of Polychaete Color

Beautiful worms? These stunning images from Alexander Semenov prove that this isn't an oxymoron. Polychaete worms are found throughout the oceans and (as the images below prove) they are a diverse and colorful group...
A wave curls near the shore.

Shooting the Waves: Tips from a Surf Photographer

Waves play an important role in the way coastal ecosystems function, and also provide tourism dollars because of their draw for surfers. Credit: Flickr user bluewavechris A great surf photograph appears loose and improvised,...
A school of akule (Hawaiian for bigeye scad) explode into a camera's frame.

Following the Akule

Credit: Wayne Levin While swimming off of the big island of Hawaii in Kealakekua Bay, I saw what first appeared to me as a coral head. As I approached I saw movement within the...

Chasing a Basking Shark

"Ocean sunfish" by Mark Harris Credit: Mark Harris It was a hot and sunny day, with barely a whiff of breeze. I boarded a boat in Oban, on the coast of Scotland, and headed...

Surf Fishing In a Golden State

"Surf Fishing In a Golden State" Credit: Michael Carl People flock to the California Coast in the summer—some to cool down in hot weather, some in search of good waves, some to fish in...
A shrimp boat fishes in the Gulf of Mexico

Live Stream Event: Dispatches From the Gulf

April 20th marks the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill , the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
A sculpture of a giant octopus made of ocean debris

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

Octavia embodies the curiosity and intelligence characteristic of the octopus. She inquisitively tinkers and plays with her surrounding environment. Credit: Washed Ashore While we don't know exactly how much trash is afloat in the...
The colorful parrotfish sculpture is made entirely of ocean plastic trash.

Turning Ocean Trash to Treasure

Decided you want to make a difference? World Ocean Day is a great day to begin! You can start with a few simple changes .
Illustration of a real oarfish vs the Pokémon counterpart.

Our Favorite Water Pokémon and Their Real-Life Doppelgängers

Pokémon Go came out in the United States last week and it’s safe to say that the gaming community is collectively losing its mind. Already boasting an estimated 7.5 million downloads as of Monday,...

2016 Living Oceans Foundation “Science Without Borders” Challenge

By June Greenstein The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation , an organization dedicated to the preservation of the ocean, hosts an annual student art competition—Science Without Borders. This year, the number of entries...
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This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orca

Legacy is scheduled to be on display at the Ontario Science Centre beginning in 2017 before embarking on an international tour. Credit: Ken Hall By Emily Frost When Ken Hall first knocked on his...

Slow Life: Time-Lapse on the Coral Reef

How does a coral spend its day? Most of us would say: not doing much. To the human eye, a coral looks relatively still, waiting in the current and hoping some food will run...

Song of the Spindle

Illustrator Drew Christie created this light-hearted short film about how humans could really learn something from whales. Check it out and learn about all the different cetaceans and our commonalities, such as a shared...

Bringing the Western Flyer, and History, Back to Life

Video of Western Flyer: A New Chapter As a first year graduate student in marine biology, I shared a large office with other students. I normally did a good job of not disturbing them,...

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