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Introduction - Endangered Ocean

Symone Johnson provides a brief overview of the “Endangered Ocean” collection. Watch it now!


Symone Johnson:
All you have to do is look at the earth from space to be reminded that we live on a water planet. Because we live on land, it is important to remember that the majority of life lives in the ocean.

In fact, our ocean is home to over one million known species of plants and animals, and there may be millions of species we have yet to discover. That’s why scientists and researchers all over the world are alarmed that ocean animals may be going extinct more and more rapidly.

Scientists at NOAA are working hard to help species that are struggling. The Ocean Today “Endangered Ocean” collection of videos will help you better understand which animals need our help the most, and what we can do together to help them survive.

Jacques Cousteau, the famous ocean explorer, scientist and filmmaker once said, “People protect what they love.” In 1973, the United States Congress passed the Endangered Species Act to help conserve threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems. But it will take more than laws to get the job done. We need you!

It’s a big job and it will take all of us working together to turn the tide, so let’s get started!