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Updated with new links in this
annotated list of links consists of sites selected for their quality and
quantity of information or unusual interest. Most are reference sites
though a few have been selected for their entertainment value alone. Suggestions
for additions are welcome. If you have any you would like to make please
Extensive coral reef information site focusing on reef organisms. Includes over
6500 photos and more then 100 video clips. This is a subscription site but
well worth the annual fee for anyone interested in coral reef life.
NOAA's Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) is a vast site covering many
aspects of coral reef biology. It includes a world wide guide to nearly
3300 coral-inhabiting fishes.
World wide information on reefs. 10,000 reefs can be checked from this
database. Maps, data, and text summaries are available.
Online catalog of over 4000 images of coral reef life by Douglas and Elaine
Segar. Most are identified by scientific name.
GCRMN (Global Coral Reef
Extensive linkges to government and non-government organizations involved in
coral reef management and conservation.
ICRAN (International Coral Reef Action Network)
A global partnership of coral reef experts working to halt and reverse the
decline of t the world's coral reefs. Made up of some of the leading coral reef
scientists and conservation groups.
BIOSIS - Guide to the
Animal Kingdom for Students and Educators
Portal to thousands of zoology sites ranging from specimen databases and
identification keys to individual labs and departments.
Biogeographic Information System)
Searches various marine databases for collection records. Coverage spotty.
of Marine Life
A global network of researchers in more than 45 nations engaged in a
ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and
abundance of marine life.
Information on 700 coral species at 350 worldwide locations. Includes around
10,000 images as well as bibliographic material.
Biogeoinformatics of Hexacorals
Database compilation of publications on names and geographic distribution of
corals, sea anemones & relatives
CHAMPS (Coral Health Monitoring
Coral reef maps of the world and other information.
Marine Flatworms of the
Information and photo gallery.
Large database of taxonomic data,
life history, distribution, images, videos, references and scientific contact
information on all living species of cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and
Center for Cephalopods
General information on octopuses. squid and nautiluses. Includes image
Sea Slug Forum
Hosted by malacologist Bill Rudman
of the Australian Museum in Sydney. The site includes more than 30,000 images,
and fact sheets offer tidbits on the biology of about 1400 species from around
Slug Site and Opisthobranch
Thousands of photos and references on nudibranchs and their relatives.
The Cephalopod Page
Good general information on octopus. squid, cuttlefish and
nautilus plus useful links.
Huge global fish database. Contains reference to nearly 27.000
species and some 134,000 common names. Contains numerous errors in
synonomy and resulting errors in species distribution but overall still very
Large database of species info and pictures for both marine and freshwater
fishes. Also features a chat room and bulletin board.
International Shark Attack
Extensive shark attack info.
Orca information and live webcasts.
Whale and Dolphin
General cetacean information, species guide.
Excellent interactive educational site focused on whales.
Extensive Australian scuba diving information.
Extensive information on diving and marine life with particular focus on the
area around the Poor Knights Islands.
As the name implies, a strong focus on S.E. Asia.
Excellent online dive magazine.
Online Asia Pacific dive magazine.
Online magazine of research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Major U.S. dive magazine. Equipment test reports are an outstanding feature.
Major U.S. dive magazine. Extensive web site.
Large online archive of articles from back issues.
On-line Dive News
Freediving and spearfishing oriented but also good general dive news.
General dive news
General dive and ocean environment news
Search engine accessing information on almost a million species of living
Permanent underwater webcam. If the image is black is it probably
because it is night in Bonaire.
Fascinating excerpts from CD based Pacific cruising guides by Dr. Richard
Excellent account of Antarctic diving. Many images.
Ocean education and awareness. Many interesting links. In English
and Japanese versions.
Large website on dive medicine.
Scuba diving search engine.
Well done FAQs on scuba diving
and underwater photography..
Interesting account of rebreather diving in the deep (200-500 feet) zone of
Extensive site on the history, methods and discoveries of underwater
archaeology. Focus on the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic coast of France.
Atlas of the Oceans
Extensive atlas of information on
Extraordinary free world globe permitting zoom-in to 15 meter resolution
anyplace on Earth using satellite imagery. Includes numerous
selectable information overlays both static and animated.
Digital underwater photography news, training,
discussion, contests and more.
A showcase for
underwater digital video with some excellent downloadable films.
Personal website of
extraordinary underwater photographer, the world's oldest.
downloadable bi-monthly underwater photography magazine.
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