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Fun Online Ocean Activities while Staying Home

Like you, many of our staff are sheltering at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy!


While we all deal with these very challenging times, we asked our staff to recommend ocean related activities that everyone in the house can participate in. Whether you are parents looking for something to do with the kids, or just an interested person looking for something fun and educational, you are sure to find something on this list! Here is a list of books, videos and things you can participate in while the shelter order is in place:



Virtual Marine Biology Camp

Watch The Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Museum Field Trips

Nautilus – Cool Videos from Deep Sea Explorations


Ted Talks:

Ocean Wonders



Blue Mind – Wallace J. Nichols (great for helping deal with stress!)

Cod – Mark Kurlansky

Eye of the Albatross – Carl Safina

Four Fish – Paul Greenberg

Saving Sea Turtles – James Spotila

Sea Change – Sylvia Earle

Seaweed Chronicles – Susan Hand Shetterly

The Cruise of the Snark – Jack London (a Glen Ellen favorite!)

The End of the Line – Charles Clover

The Last Whalers – Doug Bock Clark

The Living Shore – Rowan Jacobsen

The Ocean of Life – Callum Roberts

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Sea Around Us – Rachel Carson

The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery



Chasing Coral

A Plastic Ocean

Blue Planet Series

Mission Blue

Disneynature Oceans

Turtle: The Incredible Journey (cute for kids)


Sharknado Series

Sea of Shadows

The Life of Pi


Finding Nemo

Finding Dori

Planet Ocean

The Cove

Imax Under The Sea

Deep Blue

Plastic Paradise

Fish People


For students looking for more fun ideas to engage their scientific curiosity follow the Twitter hashtag #SchoolsOutScience

Finally, Netflix has created a directory of more than 150 educational shows. Click here to see the list. They also offer this tip: Create a separate profile on Netflix. Name it “School” and add ONLY educational materials to this profile. Then when you need to keep the kids busy, allow them to watch only shows you have added to this account. It works great and keeps the kids from getting sidetracked by the show they’re currently binge-watching.

Stay safe and healthy, our thoughts are with you during this time. If you have other suggestions for ocean related activities share them with us on twitter @savingoceans!