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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Brian Skerry takes an up close photo of a tiger shark on the seafloor.

DIVE DEEPER

Patience is a Virtue

Brian Skerry photographing a large tiger shark in the Bahamas. Credit: Copyright © Mark Conlin As an underwater photographer...

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...

National Ocean Science Bowl winning video

From discovering new marine life to exploring the wreck of the Titanic , ROV’s and other technology are helping us get a closer look at the more than two thirds of our planet that...
Coral Spawning by Moonlight

A Tale of Sex and Stress in the Ocean

A coral has just spawned. Each of the hundreds of polyps releases a small pink bundle of sperm and eggs. Credit: Raphael Williams Welcome to Citizens of the Sea , a new blog series...
A photo of a beach with a heart inscribed in the sand.

Your Ocean Poems

Is the ocean your muse? Send us your poems that celebrate the Big Blue. Credit: Photo by Flickr User Nattu May is here and that means National Poetry Month is officially over. As promised,...
A woman sits on the beach reading a book.

Summer Beach Reads

Fiction or non-fiction, short or epic...what are your favorite books about the ocean? Credit: By Álvaro Canivell (Flickr name <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/ooohoooh/">oooh.oooh</a> ) Memorial Day is nearly upon us. We thought it'd be a...
A male surfer catching a wave in Hawaii

Inside the Wave, Makena Beach, Maui

“While the shore-break at Makena Beach is notoriously dangerous and powerful, it also makes for some amazing images. On this particular morning I convinced my brother, Forrest, to ride a couple of waves on...
An underwater photo of a school of jacks and a scuba diver

Ocean Views Award Winners, 2011

Thanks to a passionate group of fearless ocean photographers, you can stare-down a yellow-mouth moray eel, a sperm whale, and a harlequin shrimp. These are just three of the subjects in the 2011 Nature's...

Ideas for Change

"We too are sea creatures," entreats ocean explorer Sylvia Earle in this beautiful short film, which calls for protecting the ocean and, in particular, for ending destructive fishing practices. It's estimated that we've lost...

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