Discover: Ocean Literacy Principle 5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

From tiny microbes to blue whales, the diversity of life in the ocean is astounding. Learm more about the range of life in the ocean, from corals, sponges, and crabs to fish, whales, plants, and more. You will also find information in this section about the habitats and ecosystems that marine life calls home and the factors that influence what habitats are most suitable for different kinds of life.




These ocean facts are categorized according to the seven¬†Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts exit icon (pdf) for grades K-12, which¬†outline the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate in accordance with the National Science Education Standards.


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