The Best Ocean Films in History!

Since film making began, the ocean has been the setting or the subject of a number of feature films.  This section of OpenOceans Global’s portal is the place where the ocean community can link to some of the best ocean films of all-time, and maybe a healthy list of other ocean films, too!  Here are 20 great ocean films.  Do they all belong on the Top 20 list?  Only you can tell us!  At some point we will have an online poll to determine which movies really do belong in the top 20.

  • Clicking on each title will link to the Internet Movie Data Base and a trailer for the film (if available)

The list of movies on this page is not considered comprehensive. If you have suggestions for ocean feature films that we should add to the list, please let us know by filling out the form at the bottom of this page!



A more comprehensive list of ocean feature films including those above and some suggested by our followers. Which of these should be in the Top 20?


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The world’s marine aquariums!

Photo courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific

Marine aquariums are among the most important places for marine education. Millions of people annually visit aquariums to see marine life, be entertained by educational performances, take classes, hear presentations, or just spend time in a place that is the next best thing to being on the ocean.    Aquariums provide  touch-and-feel opportunities to interact with marine life and replicate marine environments in multiple ways. The list below is only the beginning!

Do you have a great marine aquarium you’d like to share? Jump to the bottom of this page and tell us what we have missed!

Acquario di Genova
Adventure Aquarium
Alaska Sea Life Center
Albuquerque Aquarium
Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of Western Australia
Atlantic City Aquarium
Atlantis Marine World
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Birch Aquarium at Scripps, UC San Diego
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings
Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay
Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmith
Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth
Bristol Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
California Academy of Sciences
Calvert Marine Museum
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
Dallas World Aquarium
Deep Sea World, Scotland’s National Aquarium
Dolphins Plus
Downtown Aquarium Denver
Downtown Aquarium Houston
Downtown Aquarium Kemah
Downtown Aquarium Nashville
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Florida Aquarium, Inc
Florida Seaquarium
Georgia Aquarium
Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
Gulfarium
Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
Gulf of Maine Aquarium
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
Key West Aquarium
Living Coast Discovery Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
London Sealife Aquarium
Long Island Aquarium
Maine State Aquarium
Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Marine Life Oceanarium
Marine Science Center
Maui Ocean Center
Melbourne Aquarium
Memphis Zoo and Aquarium
Miami Seaquarium
MK Nature Center
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Mote Marine Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium
National Aquarium I Baltimore
National Aquarium in Washington, DC
Nauticus, National Maritime Center
New England Aquarium
New Jersey State Aquarium
Newport Aquarium
New York Aquarium
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
North Carolina Aquarium at Roanaoke Island
OceanWorld Manly
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Parker Manatee Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Oklahoma Aquarium
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Reef HQ Aquarium
Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium
Sea World Orlando
Sea World San Antonio
Sea World San Diego
Seattle Aquarium
Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
South Carolina Aquarium
Steinhart Aquarium
Sydney Aquarium
Tennessee Aquarium
Texas State Aquarium
Toledo Zoo
Underwater Adventure’s Aquarium
Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat, Israel
Vancouver Aquarium
Virginia Aquarium/Marine Science Center
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Waikiki Aquarium

More aquariums coming soon!
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What is your favorite aquarium?

See 60 ocean web cams!

All over the world, the advances in miniaturization of cameras has allowed placement of those cameras so that there are literally eyes on the ocean 24 hours each day.  These web cams are not only at coastal locations, but on research vessels, in aquariums, and other ocean-related places. Check the web cams below to get a real-time view of your ocean.

Do you know of a great web cam we should add to this list? If so, please jump to the contact form at the bottom of this page and let us know about it!

Coastal Web Cams

Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Churchill Manitoba Bay Cam
Katmai National Park Alaska Brown Bear and Salmon Cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium Coastal View Cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium Kelp Cam
Hawaii Pipeline Cam
Hawaii Turtle Bay
Surflines’ International Network of Web Cams
Surfer’s View Live Web Cams

Underwater Web Cams

Credit: Channel Islands National Park

Ocean Networks Canada Six Deep Water Cams with Lights
Brooks River Underwater Salmon Cam
Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa Island Web Cam
Manatee Web Cam, Blue Spring State Park, Florida
Virgin Islands National Park, Saint John (repair)
Cayman Islands Reef Monitoring Webcam

This link will take you to the following underwater cams:

Akumal Underwater Turtle Cam
Bahia Honda State Park Webcam, Florida Keys
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida Keys

This link will take you to these additional underwater cams:
Cooper Island SeaGrass Cam, British Virgin Island
Cooper Island Reef Cam, British Virgin Island
Ocean Institute Web Cam, Dana Point

Miscellaneous Marine Aquarium Web Cams

Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Aquarium of the Pacific Blue Cavern Kelp Forest Web Cam
Aquarium of the Pacific Tropical Reef Web Cam
Aquarium of the Pacific Sea Jellies Cam
Aquarium of the Pacific Sex Change (fish) Web Cam
Aquarium of the Pacific Shark Lagoon Web Cam
Aquarium of the Pacific Weedy Sea Dragons Web Cam
Birch Aquarium High Definition Kelp Cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium Kelp Cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium Open Sea Cam
National Aquarium Pacific Coral Reef Cam
National Aquarium Shark Cam
New England Aquarium Giant Ocean Tank Web Cam
Sea World Stingray Cam
Vancouver Aquarium Jelly Cam

Penguin Web Cams

Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Aquarium of the Pacific Penquin Below Water Web Cam
Aquarium of the Pacific Penguin Above Water Web Cam
Aquarium of the Pacific Nesting Box Web Cam
Georgia Aquarium Penguin Cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium Penguin Cam
Sea World Penguin Cam
Vancouver Aquarium Penguin Cam

Other Marine Bird Web Cams

Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Aviary Cam
Audubon Hog Island Osprey Cam (wild!)
Audubon Seal Island Puffin Burrow Cam (wild!)
Audubon Seal Island Puffin Loafing Ledge Cam (wild!)

Whale Web Cams

Credit: Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium Beluga Whale Cam
Sea World Shamu Cam
Vancouver Aquarium Beluga Whale Cam

Otter Web Cams

Credit: Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium Otter Cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium Otter Cam
Vancouver Aquarium Sea Otter Cam

Polar Bear Cams

Credit: San Diego Zoo

Canada Tundra Buggy Polar Bear Cam
Canada Tundra Buggy Lodge Polar Bear Cam
Cape Churchill Manitoba Polar Bear Cam
San Diego Zoo Polar Bear Cam
Ilka and the Twins Polar Bear Cam
Kolind, Denmark Siku Polar Bear Cam 1
Kolind, Denmark Siku Polar Bear Cam 2
Ouwehand Zoo Polar Bear Cam

Seal and Sea Lion Web Cams

Credit: Explore.com

Seal Island Maine Seal Pupping Cam
Waikiki Aquarium Monk Seal Web Cam

Turtle Web Cams

Credit: Georgia Aquarium

Loggerhead Marine Life Center Turtle Cam
Sea World Turtle Cam


Tell us about a great ocean web cam!

Wyland’s 100 whale wall murals!

Wyland’s 100 Whale Walls
Marine artist Wyland has created a career of celebrating the beauty of the ocean through his art.  From beautiful sculptures to paint on canvas, Wyland’s creations celebrate the beauty of the sea.  This map celebrates his most memorable achievement, the creation of more than 100 whale walls around the world. Everyone should be able to see the geographic scope of his work and an image of each mural. This map accomplishes that goal.

  • Clicking on the icon brings up a thumbnail image of the whale wall.
  • Clicking on the thumbnail brings up a larger image. Scroll and zoom using your mouse.

Enjoy! And thank you Wyland for your beautiful work!!

Wyland: Art, Community, Conservation

Renowned marine life artist Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980s. Wyland always thought big. And he never stopped.

Today, the Wyland name has become synonymous with the new generation of awareness about environmental conservation. Through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures, and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation. His life – like his art – can find him anywhere around the world, at any time, from the Antarctic ice shelf on a photo expedition to document climate change to a grassroots journey down the Mississippi River on a mission of conservation.

The multi-faceted artist, scuba diver, educator, and explorer has hosted several television programs, including, “Wyland’s Ocean World” series on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet Network, “Wyland: A Brush With Giants” and “Wyland’s Art Studio,” a series for national public television. His mission of engaging people through nature-themed art and a more environmentally friendly lifestyle has led to strategic alliances with such notable organizations as the United States Olympic Team, United Nation Environment Program, and Walt Disney Studios, to name a few.

Wyland’s 100th and final Monumental Marine Life Mural, Hands Across the Oceans, a 24,000-square-foot, half-mile-long series of canvas murals with student artists from 110 countries, was displayed in October 2008 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and honored by the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. In May 2010, the United Nations released six Wyland images for an international stamp issue celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Since 1993, the non-profit Wyland Foundation has set the standard for environmental outreach. In partnership with the United States Forest Service and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Wyland is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the world to become caring, informed stewards of our ocean, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands.

The enormous extent of Wyland public artworks (it is estimated that his murals are viewed by more than a billion people every year), his award-winning art galleries, and community service projects have made him one of the most recognized and beloved artists in the nation.He is considered one of the most influential artists of the 21st Century, with artwork in museums, corporate collections, and private homes in more than one hundred countries.

Reprinted from Wyland the Artist.

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