earth day, discovery education, marine science

Behind the Scenes with Discovery Education

Graham Casden, Ocean First Education

Who said Colorado is 1,000 miles from the sea? Isn’t it a matter of perspective and, more importantly, timing? One would normally be hard pressed to refute the geographical certainty of Colorado relative to the ocean, but if you asked the question one hundred million years ago, you’d get a very different answer.

coral, bleaching, marine science

Mother Nature is Trying to Wake Us Up

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

It was a typical Monday, the start of a new week. It happened to be Monday, March 28. I had a typical day ahead—breakfast, coffee, and then feed my seven-month-old daughter, share a few giggles.

And think about her future.

Marine Science

Why Marine Science?

Lindsey Ray, Marine Science Enthusiast

Like many people, my fascination for the ocean began on vacation. Born and raised in Colorado, vacations almost always entailed going to the beach. Whether it was snorkeling in the Bahamas, swimming with sea turtles in Maui, or watching the Shamu show at SeaWorld, every time we visited the coast, I became increasingly captivated by the ocean and the organisms it housed.

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.

shark, ecosystems, conservation, marine science

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.

Mission Blue, partnership, education, conservation

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.

great white, shark, misconceptions, facts, sharks

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.