Bringing the Ocean to Society
31 Jul 2017
Out of sight, out of mind? Not anymore.
The Ocean Agency had the exciting idea to take Google Street View underwater.

Did you know that 99% of people have never dived in the sea and probably never will? Most people do not know the ocean and therefore do not understand it. Because “out of sight” usually means “out of mind”, this is a huge issue for ocean conservation.

The Ocean Agency had the exciting idea to take Google Street View underwater to reveal what lays below the surface. Their aim is to use the existing online tool to promote ocean literacy and educate a wide audience about the importance of protecting the ocean.

One week after its launch, the number of visitors of the new tool had already surpassed the number of people that actually have dived. Follow the movement and be the next one to dive into this growing underwater imagery.

The Ocean Agency is an NGO who provides a creative approach to ocean conservation. Their work is the subject of a new documentary called “Chasing Coral”. For the last three years, Emmy-winning filmmaker, Jeff Orlowski, and his team have followed the work of The Ocean Agency in recording and revealing a global coral bleaching event and the impacts of climate change on the world's coral reefs. Click here to watch the trailer.

Ocean literacy and raising awareness to marine issues - like marine litter, fisheries sustainability, among many others - have always been in the forefront of EurOcean's activity since its creation in 2002. This has been achieved through a number of European projects like the ongoing MARINA which, among other goals, aims at promoting science education and public engagement into the planning, funding and implementation of marine research.