DISCOVER WITH OCEANS ALIVE
Our oceans and shorelines are home to a huge number of wildlife species, each one a vital part of the marine ecosystem.
We’re working to educate communities and help people understand and respect the importance of our oceans and our coastal environments and all the plants and creatures that live in them.
Learn about our oceans
Discover the wonderful sea creatures that inhabit the worlds oceans, beaches and coastal environments.
Know the name of the creatures you are looking for?
Oceans Alive Conservation Trust can provide you with a guides to the fauna and flora found around the worlds coastlines.
While the majority of species are marine wildlife, some species are included that are regularly encountered on land by the coast, so you’ll find descriptions of non-marine species such as reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants and land animals as well.
Share your wildlife sightings
We want to hear about the wildlife you spot at the coast and in the ocean, especially whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sharks, marine turtles and jellyfish.
Your sightings provide vital information for our scientists and help us come up with solutions to protect our precious ocean wildlife.
Please follow these options to report your sightings, or to send us pictures or video footage which we may publish.
For us to record a sighting you need to be a Oceans Alive member as this helps us to ensure the validity of the data.
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LEARN ABOUT SEA TURTLES
Turtles are an ancient group of reptiles that have witnessed the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, with the earliest marine turtle fossils dated at about 110 million years old!
Seven species of marine turtle now swim our oceans and all are included on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, with four species listed as either Endangered or Critically Endangered.
Some marine turtle populations around the world really are in danger of extinction. Unsustainable exploitation, accidental entanglement in fishing gear, marine pollution and habitat destruction are all to blame.
What needs to be done?
Oceans Alive Conservation Trust believes that we humans should learn how to live in the marine turtles’ world without endangering them. While we cause problems for turtles, we can also provide the conservation solutions, so Oceans Alive Conservation Trust strives for a people-centered approach to marine turtle conservation and management.
Oceans Alive Conservation Trust in Action
The Oceans Alive Conservation Trust Marine Turtle Conservation Programme works in South Africa and overseas to find out more about how to protect these spectacular ancient mariners. We coordinate conservation research globally and educate a wide audience about marine turtles and their conservation needs.
INTERESTING OCEAN ARTICLES AND VIDEOS
TURTLES ARE UNDER THREAT - THEIR ABILITY TO SURVIVE THE ANTHROPOCENE ERA (CREDIT - THE CYNEFIN GROUP / NOAA)
THE WORLD'S LARGEST WATERFALL IS IN THE OCEAN; BENEATH THE DENMARK STRAIGHT (CREDIT - EARTHSKY / NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICES / NOAA)
SLOW AND STEADY - SEA TURTLES MOUNT A LONG-TERM RECOVERY (CREDIT - MONGABAY)
DID YOU KNOW? SAILORS ONCE MISTOOK MANATEES FOR MERMAIDS (CREDIT - OCEANA)
DID YOU KNOW? ZEBRA SHARKS CAN SQUEEZE INTO SMALL HOLES AND CREVICES TO JELP THEM HUNT FOR PREY (CREDIT - OCEANA)
"THE THREAT TO THE PLANET IS US. ITS ACTUALLY NOT A THREAT TO THE PLANET - ITS A THREAT TO US" (CREDIT - BUILDING A BRIGHTER EARTH - MARGARET ATWOOD)
THE OCEAN HAS CAPTIVATED ME SINCE I WAS 2 YEARS OLD (CREDIT - STEPHEN BENG)
LION'S MANE JELLYFISH (CREDIT - OCEANA)
WORLD OCEANS DAY - CELEBRATE AND RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR OCEANS AND OUR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE DUTY TO USE THEIR RESOURCES SUSTAINABLY. HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE? (CREDIT - USMC -
THE HIGHEST EVER CONCENTRATION OF MICROPLASTICS HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN OUR WATERS AND MOST OF IT CAME FROM OUR CLOTHING! (CREDIT - PLASTIC COLLECTORS)