Smithsonian's Ocean Portal

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Dive into Smithsonian's Ocean Portal to learn about ocean science & organisms, & discover your own connection to the ocean. Terms of use: http://s.si.edu/emVrm
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The white abalone was the first invertebrate to be listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2001.  Endangered Ocean Animals | Smithsonian Ocean Portal

The white abalone was the first invertebrate to be listed under the Endangered Species Act in Endangered Ocean Animals

Threats to the Hawaiian monk seal include entanglement with fishing gear, lack of food,  loss of breeding areas due to erosion, and disease.

There are fewer than Hawaiian monk seals left--making them the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Urge Senate leaders to fund programs that will help save the Hawaiian monk seal from extinction!

Watching for Fish in the Puffin's Beak | Smithsonian Ocean Portal

It is easy to feel hopeless when reading the news coverage of ocean conservation. Between climate change , acidification , pollution and.

A Collection of Cambrian Fossils | Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Anomalocaris Smithsonian Burgess Shale Community, for Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Sant Oceans Hall, by Karen Carr and Karen Carr Studio, Inc.

The Enchanting Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps | Collage of Arts and Sciences

(c) The British Library. British Library illustrations from the book “Sea Monsters in Medieval & Renaissance Maps. In this image we see “An ichthyocentaur playing a viol on the map of Scandinavia in Ortelius’s ‘Theatrum orbis terrarum.

The Enchanting Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps | Collage of Arts and Sciences

This sea pig, which was compared to heretics that distorted truth and lived like swine, lived in the North Sea on Olaus Magnus’s 1539 Carta Marina, a lushly illustrated map that inspired many after it.