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The Ocean Agency


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus


Ocean Image Bank

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  • This resource is a searchable database of downloadable ocean images that includes marine life, coral reefs, people enjoying the ocean, ocean litter, and much more.
  • The images are available for noncommercial use and must be used with attribution, as detailed on the site. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is great for learners at all levels and can be applied to any class learning about or looking for images of the oceans, marine life, and how people affect the planet. 
  • Students will be engaged by the beautiful images and can search for specific types of pictures. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Images must be used with attribution for non-commercial purposes. 


  • Due to the nature of this resource, it can be utilized in any class that is discussing any aspect of ocean life, including science, social studies, language arts, health, math, and art.
  • This resource is an excellent tool for students to begin or supplement a research project about the ocean.
  • For younger students, they may find an image that interests them to start their investigation.
  • Older students may seek out an image about a topic they would like to learn more about.
Scientist Notes
The resource features photographs of marine resources to represent the state of the ocean and its biodiversity. This will inspire conservation action and build student's interests in oceanography. The resource is suggested as a teaching aid.
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    • LS3: Heredity
      • 1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
      • 3-LS3-2. Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
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