Short Visual Journeys through the Census of Marine Life

InMER is proud to support efforts to bring the Census for Marine Life to diverse audiences everywhere.

October 2010 marked the culmination of the Census of Marine Life, a ten year long collaborative, scientific effort to explore the diversity, distribution and abundance of global marine life. The project, which engaged scientists all over the world in the cataloguing of known and unknown marine species, was enormous in scope, and contributed substantially to the world's scientific understanding of marine ecosystems.

In an effort to bring this incredible body of knowledge to the public, policy makers and ocean lovers throughout the world, InMER, worked with Dr. Randy Kochevar of the University of Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station and National Geographic to sponsor the production of three short visual journeys through the Census of Marine Life. These videos have been produced with the exclusive goal of bringing the sense of discovery from a marine expedition directly home—to engage and inspire protection of these wondrous forms of life.

Much remains unknown about the myriad forms of life in the ocean. These videos shed a little more light on recent discoveries while reminding viewers how mysterious and magnificent underwater ecosystems really are. In the InMER tradition of generating a sense of wonder in the natural world, these videos will inspire and delight for years to come. This project was made possible by the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

[Watch all the videos here]

The InMER sponsored videos are available at the Census for Marine Life Video Gallery under "Background"—along with other amazing photos, footage and information about the project.

Want to learn more about the Census of Marine Life? Check out the resources below...

10 years, 80 nations, 2,700 scientists…Visit the Census of Marine Life website to learn more about what went into the Census, along with amazing photos, stories, and more.

Many of the 6,000+ new species discovered in the Census have already been catalogued here, in the Encyclopedia of Life