Shark Finning

Shark Finning Like Ivory Poaching

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

There are many human activities in the world that are grotesquely wasteful when it comes to exploiting the bounty provided by the Earth.

Right up there at the top of list, right next to elephants being poached for their ivory, is the practice of shark finning.

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Sharks Are Vital to Our Ecosystem

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

Just as taxes ensure vital services to our communities, sharks are critical to the functioning of marine communities.

And, just like taxes, some of us may not like sharks. In fact, we might prefer to avoid thinking about them. But without sharks, our marine communities would fall into disrepair.

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Mission Blue

Catherine E. Christopher, Ocean First Education

Ocean First Education and Mission Blue share a passion for educating the public about the criticality of the ocean and a vision for developing greater respect for it. Because of this shared dedication and vision, Ocean First Education has joined Mission Blue as an affiliate partner.

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10 Misconceptions About Sharks

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

Sharks Don't Get Cancer

This is completely untrue, in fact there have been many documented cases of sharks getting cancer. Sadly, this is one of the bigger misconceptions in the Chinese medicine industry (where shark fins remain highly prized) and that is helping drive the severe reductions in shark numbers worldwide.

A 360 Degree View Into the Blue

A 360 Degree View Into the Blue

Klara Fejer, Ocean First Education

We’re surrounded. Reefs teaming with color and life, fish dancing in the current, looking for a meal, and tiny crustaceans hiding within coral heads.

Key word: surrounded

Saving a Manatee

Saving a Manatee

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

I’m working now on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas, just south of the world famous Harbour Island, where I hear billionaires are buying out millionaires.

A few days ago, while making breakfast and letting the dog out, I saw an odd shape appear at the water’s edge in front of my house.

Teaching about Ecology

Teaching about Ecology

Cyndi Long, Curriculum Developer and Editor

How do we engage students in learning about science? This is an urgent matter. Afterall, the National Math & Science Initiative reported that only 36 percent of U.S. high school students are ready for college-level science.

Coral and World Leaders

Coral and World Leaders

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

With talks underway in Paris to tackle the big problem of global warming, and no direct mention of ocean health on the agenda, world leaders need to know the coral is depending on progress.

Corals, in fact, are at risk by two human-caused stressors.

Shark Research off the Coast of Japan

Shark Research off the Coast of Japan

Dr. Austin J. Gallagher, Beneath the Waves, Inc.

Dear Caine [Director of Science and Research at Ocean First Education],

I would like to take a moment to update you on the progress of our research expedition to study sharks off the coast of Japan.

Have you hugged an invertebrate today?

Have you hugged an invertebrate today?

Catherine E Christopher, Curriculum Development and Outreach Director

Have you hugged an invertebrate today?

How technology has changed the way we learn

How technology has changed the way we learn

Michael Rice, Director of Information Technology

Remember Encarta Encyclopedia? Having an entire encyclopedia equivalent to dozens of books, but at the a click of a mouse. Having to install multiple CDs was a small price to pay to have such a vast amount of knowledge at your fingertips.

Diving in Indonesia, Past and Future

Diving in Indonesia, Past and Future

Klara Fejer, Digital Media at Ocean First Education

As we begin to prepare for our upcoming trip to Indonesia this fall, I reflect on my past experiences with this incredible country. One of my first dive trips and by far the longest distance I had ever traveled, Misool, the eco-resort in Raja Ampat, will always remain very dear to me.

One message

One message

If you had to choose one message that students would remember about the ocean, what would it be? The ocean is a unifying thread that can be pulled through any lesson in any subject at any grade level. Very broad, right?

Pirates, Dynamite, and Data – Reflecting on an East African Research Adventure, Dr. Caine Delacy

Pirates, Dynamite, and Data – Reflecting on an East African Research Adventure, Dr. Caine Delacy

Dr. Caine Delacy, Director of Science and Research at Ocean First Education

As I sit in my office working through over 250,000 thousand data points on reef fish from East Africa collected from a major expedition two years ago, I take time to reflect on one of the most amazing experiences of my life. One that had the team and myself in numerous situations that we’d planned for but didn’t expect to come to pass.

Here's to Informal Science Education!

Here's to Informal Science Education!

Paul Hilbink, eLearning Specialist

Question: What’s one of the best ways to get teens and young adults interested in marine science? I’ll provide my answer at the end of this blog post.