The Safina Center

Sea turtle hatchling heads for home.Sea turtle hatchling heads for home.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Why the Oceans?

Simple: because the ocean supports life on this planet.

It feeds us, produces the oxygen we breathe, maintains our climate, cycles vital nutrients through countless ecosystems and provides food and medicines.

The ocean provides jobs, food, energy, and recreation.

As if that weren’t enough, the ocean is beautiful and inspiring.

And that would be enough.

People are drawn to where water meets land, because it is there we find a primeval, vital connection that goes deep into the human psyche. We feel it.

Put simply, the oceans give us life.  Let’s return the favor.

3 ways you can to save the oceans:

1. Go to the beach & get inspired.
2. Share your love of the ocean.
3. Eat sustainable seafood.

More great ways to Make A Difference.


The Value of Our Oceans, World Wildlife Fund
In the Same Net: Ocean Life, Ethics, and the Human Spirit, Carl Safina, You Tube

Cod: The Fish That Made New England, You Tube

Knowledge and Devotion, Carl’s Blog

Deep Ocean Mysteries and Wonder, TED Talk, You Tube

World Oceans Day, Wikipedia

Value of Ecosystem Services, World Research Institute

Hawaii Ocean Waves, You Tube

What is the Ocean Worth to You? Carl’s Blog

Valuing Oceans: The $2 Trillion Question, Economist

Related Videos:

Cod: The Fish That Made New England, Pew Oceans

Nothing tells a story like the eyewitnesses who were there. Old-timers in New England’s commercial cod fishery don’t want us to forget how we arrived where we are today.

In the Same Net: Ocean Life, Ethics, and the Human Spirit, Carl Safina

Prominent ecologist, marine conservationist, and author Carl Safina keynoted Earthstock 2010 with his lecture exploring our changing oceans, and what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. His talk, which was part autobiography, part science lecture, and part book reading, told the story of his global journey from fisherman to scientist and touched upon the scientific dimensions as well as moral and social implications of our relationship with nature.

In the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest. Taking us on a voyage into the ocean — from the deepest trenches to the remains of the Titanic — marine biologist David Gallo explores the wonder and beauty of marine life.

Enjoy this relaxing video from Hawaii. You can see Hawaiian sea turtles, honu, swimming underwater. They surface very briefly in the beginning and ending of this video. I hope this will help you to relax wherever you are in the world. Mahalo