RECOMMENDED WEBSITE LINKS
The Discovery of Sound in the Sea web site, developed by the University of Rhode Island's (URI) Office of Marine Programs (OMP) in partnership with Marine Acoustics, Inc. of Newport, RI, will introduce you to the science and uses of Sound in the Sea. There are several major sections on the site such as The Science of Sound in the Sea, People and Sound in the Sea, and Animals and Sound in the Sea. You will find the site's Audio Gallery a fascinating place to visit where you can listen to underwater sounds created by marine animals, human activities, and natural phenomena such as lightning, earthquakes, and rain. Watch video interviews with scientists that study how marine animals produce and hear sounds. There is also a special section for teachers with resources and classroom activities.
Grupo Tortuguero is a network of individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions from around the world, dedicated to sea turtle conservation. We work to increase connectivity, information sharing and collaboration efforts between a wide network of local fishermen and community members, partner organizations, and entities that make up Grupo Tortuguero.
Research Links:Ocean Conservation Research (OCR) is focused on understanding the scope of, and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals. OCR engage in marine biological and technological research based on conservation priorities. We use the products of this research to inform the policies and practice of the public, industry, and lawmakers so that we may all become better stewards of the sea.
Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) is a 10-year project (headquartered at Hopkins Marine Station, Long Marine Lab, and NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Center in Pacific Grove, both in California) that is putting satellite tags on thousands of the Pacific Oceans top predators. Its new site uses the latest Web technology to connect humans who love and are intrigued by the oceans with the lives of ocean-going animals. It features animated maps of migrating white sharks, leatherback turtles, salmon sharks and elephant seals, with 18 more species to come. Researchers blog daily, currently from a shark-tagging cruise off California, a turtle-tagging expedition in Indonesia, and a black-footed albatross fledgling tagging in Midway Atoll. By downloading a widget, kids (and adults) can maintain a direct connection to a live wild migrating animal in the Pacific Ocean.
Other features on TOPP include videos, updated ocean news, photo-of-the-day, ask-a-researcher, and feature stories about the research, the animals and the scientists.
The site was created by the same team behind the Great Turtle Race. That project demonstrated that the approach of engaging the general public with interactive graphics, combined with stories that explain the science by using multimedia tools and by linking directly to a living, migrating animal, is a powerful way to educate people.