Get an Up Close Look at The Aquatic World

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Have you ever wanted to explore the seas but just didn’t have time, or your own submarine? 

There is something so captivating about the exploration of life below the waves. But how often do we see our oceans featured on the nightly news, except in the context of climate change. Rarely, or almost not at all. And certainly, the ocean species that most easily recall our childhood sense of wonder hardly ever make headlines.

Luckily, though, the web has become a great resource for learning about ocean life!

Image: The Aquatic World with Philippe Cousteau opening image of Cousteau at the helm of a Submarine
Source: Great Big Story // YouTube

One of our favorite YouTube channels, Great Big Story, has come out with its second season of The Aquatic World a web series that takes a look at a diverse range of ocean life with a fun and engaging twist! Hosted by Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the famed ocean explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau, every episode takes a look at the strange wonders of the sea.

So let us get you acquainted with yet another place to find smart and fascinating stuff on the web!

Let’s begin with the Season 2 trailer so get ourselves fully acquainted with Cousteau and his team!

Episode One…

I feel like I say this a lot, but even as a science nerd, I am constantly learning new things about the natural world (and about the ocean in particular) while finding content for EWC.

Episode one of The Aquatic World left me, yet again, saying to myself, “I had no idea that was a thing!”

So, let’s head with Cousteau and the team to the Sargasso Sea!

Episode 2…

Have you ever seen a creature that makes you question reality a little?

When I fist saw the fish featured in this next video, I had a hard time believing what I was seeing.

Truthfully, this episode epitomizes for me why I love The Aquatic World. It sheds light on some of the most remarkable things in our ocean, in such an approachable way, making us all a little smarter!

A quick flashback…

As of the publication of this article, Season 2 of The Aquatic World is being released, so make sure to head over to Great Big Story and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.

For those of you that can’t get enough of the series, fear not! You can still go back and enjoy all the episodes of Season 1!

Here’s one of my favorites from the series about an incredible creature called the mantis shrimp…

Let’s make science approachable!

Why isn’t science celebrated more often? It’s hard to pinpoint an exact reason, but series like The Aquatic World are helping to change that.

When we make science more approachable to everyone, whether we are talking about a fascinating species or a new discovery in space, we have to remember to talk about science in terms everybody can understand. A discovery is hardly exciting if only those with a PhD can understand it!

Science, and biology in particular, gives us a new lens with which to look at the planet. It allows us to engage with the world more fully, and see its wonders in a more in-depth way. Suddenly, something as mundane as walking through a park can be more enriching.

And the best part is, with the internet, finding ways to learn about science are almost unlimited! YouTube channels like Great Big Story, The Brain Scoop, The Good Stuff, TED-ED, It’s Okay to Be Smart, Deep Look, and so many more are making science approachable to all!

It’s an amazing world out there! So, let’s take the time to celebrate it!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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