Happy World Ocean Day


Weedy sea dragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. Credit: Richard Ling, Rling via Wikimedia Commons.Weedy sea dragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. Credit: Richard Ling, Rling via Wikimedia Commons.

 

In case in the middle of an ordinary dry Wednesday you’ve forgotten how extraordinary is our ocean planet, here are a few watery reminders.

 


The Blue Ocean in RED from Howard Hall on Vimeo.

  

Squid, possibly the bigfin reef squid, Sepioteuthis lessoniana. Credit: Nhobgood at Wikimedia Commons.Squid, possibly the bigfin reef squid, Sepioteuthis lessoniana. Credit: Nhobgood at Wikimedia Commons.

 



MAYO / MAY from Rafa Herrero Massieu on Vimeo.

  Giant anemone, Condylactis gigantea. Credit: Nhobgood via Wikimedia Commons.Giant anemone, Condylactis gigantea. Credit: Nhobgood via Wikimedia Commons.

 


Antarctica from Darek Sepiolo on Vimeo.

  Kelp. Credit: FASTILY via Wikimedia Commons.Kelp. Credit: FASTILY via Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

This new product released by Google Earth and developed by oceanographers at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory promises a dynamic look through darkness to the seafloor. I confess, the extinct filmmaker in me wants to get my hands on this video and edit in some heft. But you can see how cool the perspectives are—how the new layers make Google Earth more oceanlike.

 

Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias. Credit: Pterantula via Wikimedia Commons.Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias. Credit: Pterantula via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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  • Julia Whitty is the environmental correspondent for Mother Jones. Her latest book is Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean. For more of her stories, click here.