Exploring the Oceans from Home
There have been a lot of changes lately to the way we live, and although we are spending more time at home, it doesn’t mean we have to stop exploring the ocean altogether. In fact, it could be quite the opposite. We have compiled our list of favourite ways to explore the oceans from home, and there is something to keep everyone happy, including the kids!
National Geographic’s — Pristine Seas Project
The Ocean as we know it covers 70 per cent of the planet and is home to some of the most vulnerable and remote places on earth. Launched in 2008, the National Geographic Pristine Seas Project aims to explore some of these remote and untouched areas of the world in the hope of saving these wild places for years to come. The impact of this project not only provides scientists with a baseline of what the ocean used to be like, but it also advocates for governments all around the world to protect their oceans through marine reserves. Explore some of the worlds most remote wild places — here.
The Great Barrier Reef — with Sir David Attenborough
One of the earth’s greatest wonders — The Great Barrier Reef, but not as you know it. From the comfort of your own home, together with Sir David Attenborough, explore what makes the Great Barrier one of the most unique and fragile ecosystems on earth. With the increase in acidification and rise in ocean temperature, the Great Barrier Reef changes hour by hour. Go on an interactive journey to meet visitors from halfway across the world, explore remote islands and meet the locals, see the reef’s structure and past, and importantly learn the crucial steps to help save the Great Barrier Reef. Join this interactive journey –here.
SATV — Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions
Rodney Fox is a world-renowned Filmmaker, pioneer Conservationist and Great White Shark Expert. Together with the South Australian Tourism Commission, presented as a Facebook Live video, Rodney Fox shares his nailbiting stories over a lifetime of getting to know one of the oceans apex predators, the Great White Shark. Beginning his fascination for white sharks in 1963, following a shark attack while defending his Spear Fishing Champion title off Aldinga Beach, South Australia, Rodney has since dedicated his life to sharing these amazing animals with the world through his cage diving expeditions, films and books. Watch Rodney’s story — here.
Taronga TV — Seal Cam and Seal Show
Like many organisations, Taronga Zoo is currently temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. They have been able to pivot their experiences in the most incredible way, by bringing their animals to you at home through their round the clock live cameras and daily shows. Watch as the playful seals shoot past your screen in the Greater Southern Oceans precinct of the zoo. The keepers at Taronga Zoo still carry out their routines, by looking after the daily needs of the animals. It is fantastic that Taronga Zoo can bring this unique experience straight to your living room. See the animals, meet the keepers and learn about Taronga’s conservation programs through Taronga TV — here.
Support the Ocean Impact Organisation
Recently launched by Ocean Environmentalist, Tim Silverwood, the Ocean Impact Organisation is Australia’s first ocean impact ecosystem and startup accelerator, helping people start, grow and invest in businesses that positively impact the ocean. You might be familiar with his name, as now over a decade ago Tim began a simple global movement to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, through “Take 3 for the Sea”. Tim’s next venture together with Co-Founder, Nick Chiarelli has a bold mission to create an abundant and sustainable ocean through inspiration, innovation, leadership and good business. They plan to do this by helping 100 ocean impact businesses scale up over the next five years. Learn more about the Ocean Impact Organisation — here.
Learn with the Australian Marine Conservation Society
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is Australia’s only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes. The AMCS is founded on research, and staffed by a group of scientists, educators and passionate advocates who have defended Australia’s oceans for over 50 years. Together, they have helped tackle some of the ocean’s greatest threats including whaling, overfishing and climate change. As an independent charity, they are focused on ensuring our oceans remain healthy for future generations. AMCS has regular Facebook live videos with experts, and are even introducing Netflix parties. Follow them on Facebook, and learn more — here.
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