Coral Reefs and Oceans


Magic Porthole takes you into the fascinating and fragile world of coral reefs and the vast oceans. Enjoy playing games as you make discoveries about the lives of frogfish, cleaning gobies, turtles, seahorses, and dolphins. Deepen your knowledge with exciting videos, games, and many resources from aquariums, museums, NOAA, and the Wild Dolphin Project, among others.

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Dr. Michael Moore talks about the North Atlantic Right Whale and what the future may hold for this endangered charismatic species.
View more videos of the right whale at ARKive.



See videos of Kit, a rescued sea otter. In her journey from orphaned pup to surrogate mom she goes to "Otter U" and learns what being an otter is all about.

Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures

Sylvia Earle Alliance’s Mission Blue and Partners Establish Ocean Hope Spots

The Eastern Pacific Seascape spans Central and South America, covering a total of 2 million square kilometers.

Photograph© Kip Evans / Mission Blue (Cocos)

Oceans generate 70% of the oxygen in the air, and absorb much of its carbon dioxide. They drive the climate, the weather and the chemistry of the planet. Our oceans occupy over 2/3 of the planet’s surface and provide a home for most of the creatures on Earth. Unfortunately, our knowledge of the ocean is less than our impact on it. It isn't too late to expand on our understanding of the world’s oceans, and to use that knowledge to effect positive change. National Geographic: Oceans

Credits: National Geographic  Sylvia A. Earle  


Magic Porthole invites you to share your ideas with us. Your efforts to help save coral reefs may win you a prize as well as a chance to encourage others through your example. See "Contests" where can read about the winners of the first Environmental Achievement Coral Reef Contest. Click here to contact us.

Video clip (Windows Media Player): Peek into a Coral Reef

Video clip (Windows Media Player): Like One Big

Video Clip: Corals from Outer to Inner Space Created for the Science on a Sphere highlights NOAA's activities in coral reef science.

Magic Porthole cards are available for playing your favorite card games. Its 52 cards with mirror-image photographs of coral reef creatures match those of the “Magic Porthole Coral Reef Memory” card game here on the Web site where you can find exciting details of the reef creatures’ lives and video clips.

Collaborations: Museums, aquariums and other entities are collaborating with Horizon’s Magic Porthole™ project including the American Museum of Natural History, Environmental Defense (ED) Oceans Alive project, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Museum of Science-Boston, The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Smithsonian Institution Ocean Hall and Ocean Portal, the Field Museum, Monterey Aquarium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Ocean Service, and many others.

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