“On World Ocean Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents.”–WorldOceansDay.org
World Ocean day is the perfect day to reflect on our impact on the environment, especially ocean life. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about the ocean and how we can preserve it, from the biodiversity found beneath its surface to how our everyday actions impact the vast amounts of creatures and habitats.Whether you live in a coastal town or a landlocked city, you can celebrate today by learning a little more. To help get you started, we’ve rounded up the 25 best ocean-themed infographics that showcase the importance of the ocean and all the life within it.
1. Our World Ocean
Our ocean provides more than just food and recreation. Thanks to the people at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this infographic illustrates just how much we depend on the ocean and how important conservation truly is. Not only does it provide a means for transportation and climate regulation, it is also an important part of the world’s economy.
2. 25 Years of Debris Collected
This infographic illustrates the amount of plastic collected on just one day each year over the course of 25 years. The numbers are harrowing and really put into perspective the impact that humans have on the ocean and the environment.
3. Farming Nemo
All over the globe, many people rely on the ocean as a means of income and sustenance. Since fish consumption is high, many fisheries must work hard to meet such great demands. This informative infographic illustrates how companies are beginning to practice aquaculture instead of traditional fishing methods to provide for the ever growing demands for seafood.
4. Ocean Depths
This particular infographic, published by Earth Periodical, enlightens readers about just how deep the ocean really goes and at what depths can certain life forms be found. It’s hard to fathom just how deep the ocean truly is since it covers most of our planet and there are still many part left unexplored, but this illustration really helps people to comprehend the ocean’s vastness.
5. Shark Attack
A collaboration between Ripetungi and Joe Chernov illustrating the devastating fact about annual shark deaths. The two created this infographic to make it easier for people to comprehend the enormity of the situation and show just how many sharks are killed by the minute thanks to poor fishing practices. Although they may be one of the scariest creatures of the sea, the loss of such magnificent animals is appalling and should be prevented.
6. The World’s Most Disastrous Oil Spills
The destruction of marine life due to the numerous oil spills that have occurred all around the world is remarkable. Every time a spill happens, the news tracks how much oil has spilled. But how much oil has been emptied out into the ocean over the years? This infographic, published by Travel Insurance, illustrates exactly how much oil has spilled in the 10 biggest disasters across the globe, including how it occurred and under what circumstances.
7. Oceans: Our Living Resource
Civil BRICS put together a colorful infographic about the ocean’s vast resources. This illustrates the monetary value of the ocean breaking it down into easily comprehended numbers. Like many of the other infographics on this list, Our Living Resource aims to educate on the importance of the ocean and how valuable it is to the world.
8. The Plastics Breakdown
Making sure the oceans are kept clean is vital conservation effort, but nobody really thinks about how much the pollution, specifically plastic pollution, affects the oceanic wildlife. Originally created in preparation for International Coastal Cleanup Day, the One World One Ocean campaign created an informative infographic illustrating exactly how harmful plastic is to sea life.
9. Turtles in the Coral Triangle
Marine turtles are an important part of the ecosystem beneath the surface. In an effort to educate the population about turtles, WWF Global published this infographic featuring information about the variety of marine turtles and their place in the Coral Triangle, the world’s epicentre of marine biodiversity.
10. Shark Speed
Known for their killer instinct, sharks have always been feared and respected as the apex predator of the deep blue sea. This infographic shows exactly how terrifying sharks can really be. See how fast sharks can actually swim if they get hungry enough, and make sure you’re out of the water when you see that fin!
11. Collapsing Seas
Information regarding the decline of the ocean is available from many infographics and graphics. This particular illustration is extremely illuminating, going into great detail exactly what the ocean loses due to various causes such as overfishing, global warming, and whaling. The infographic covers data on the loss of sea life, the destruction of coral reef, and “the deadly trio.”
12. The Ongoing Disaster of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
The oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico is considered one of the worst oil spill disasters in history. Although BP, the company responsible for the spill, tried to clean up and contain most of the spill, the damage done to the surrounding environment is still present to this day. This infographic illustrates exactly how much destruction ensued and the long-term damages future generations will have to contend with.
13. The Time Is Now: Let’s Explore The Ocean
With the ocean growing more important to humanity by the day, it has become more necessary than ever for people to educate themselves on the ocean. This vibrant infographic makes understanding the ocean and all it has to offer easy and breaks down all the relevant information that people should know.
14. Why Protect Antarctica’s Ocean?
Most often when people think of ocean conservation, the thought of sandy beaches populated with happy families and surfers comes to mind. Rarely considered is the ocean surrounding the Antarctic. The people at The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) are striving to educate people on why it is so important to save Antarctica’s ocean.
15. The Seas of Plastic
The importance of ocean conservation is spotlighted in this infographic. Not only does it illustrate the plastic pollution throughout the oceans, it is an interactive that allows you to see exactly how much pollution is found in specific gyres across the globe. Using information from studies published back in 2012, the interactive makes it clearly visible the impact humans have on the ocean.
16. Diving the Depths
Being such a deep and dark place that covers most of world, it is no wonder that people enjoy exploring the ocean recreationally, diving beneath its surface to see what it has to offer. This infographic presents information on how deep a human can dive as well as how deep various animals can dive, including whale, penguins, and dolphins.
17. Endangered Oceans
Plastic pollution is not the only thing that threatens the ocean. Every day, millions of tons of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere by plants, which is subsequently absorbed by the ocean. The process, known as ocean acidification, has severe consequences on marine life that affects not only the animals, but those that rely on them. This infographic depicts what part of marine ecosystems are continually disrupted due to acidification, demonstrating the importance of ocean conservation.
18. Flying Sharks
Did you know sharks could fly? Although not all sharks are capable of accelerating quickly, this infographic illustrates just what certain sharks can do: leap meters above the ocean surface as they attack their prey from below. It really gives you another reason to respect the creatures…and fear them!
19. The Secret To A Sound Ocean
The creatives at Column Five designed this infographic for the Oceans Initiative to show how humans affect whales due to overseas shipping. The informative graphic gives an idea of just how harmful shipping can be. Most people think of pollution and overfishing when speaking about ocean conservation, but noise pollution is just as harmful for ocean wildlife, specifically whales, which rely on hearing for communication, navigation, and feeding.
20. What are the Benefits of a Healthy Ocean?
The ocean provides a great amount of benefits to people, but a healthy ocean provides even more. WWF Global published this highly informative infographic about the value of a healthy ocean and how marine protected areas (MPAs) can contribute to the rehabilitation and restoration of marine life and resources.
21. Plastic Ocean
Ocean Conservancy released an infographic using a new study that provided estimates on just how much trash flows into the ocean from land. The graphic puts into perspective just how much waste people create in any given year and how much of that waste makes it to the ocean. Beyond ocean conservation, the infographic educates on what we can do overall to help prevent waste production.
22. When Sea Levels Attack
Few people ever realize how much global warming will impact people across the globe, especially those living along the coast or on the islands scattered throughout the oceans. This infographic brings to reality the terrifying nature of rising sea levels. With so many beautiful cities at risk of being loss beneath the waves, the threat of global warming and climbing sea levels is something everybody the world over should be concerned about.
23. Know Your Seafood
Overfishing is an issue that needs to be addressed; with so many options out there to enjoy seafood in a sustainable nature, it shouldn’t be something that is continually an issue. This infographic, published by One World One Ocean, explains why you don’t have to give up on your seafood indulgences—there are eco-friendly options available. The graphic was originally released for National Seafood Month, but it is just as pertinent now as it was then.
24. Mapping Ocean Wealth
Mapping Ocean Wealth is not just one, but a series of infographics highlighting the benefits of coastal communities. The illustrations help illuminate these benefits, giving examples about how and where these assets are produced. From fishing, tourism, and protection, this infographic series covers just about everything you need to know for World Ocean Day.
25. Map of the Ocean Floor
The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the ocean. To this day, no human has reached its depth of 36,201 feet. This infographic documents billionaire Richard Branson’s goal to explore and “collate data and catalog life forms that will never have been seen before by human eyes and are unknown to science.” It also provides information on what can be found at different depths of the ocean, further illustrating just how much we don’t know about our oceans.