When you look at our planet from space, one thing is abundantly clear: Earth Is Blue. Our planet is an ocean planet, and whether you live near the coast or a thousand miles from it, the ocean is part of your life. From providing the food we eat to determining our weather, the ocean matters to each of us -- and the National Marine Sanctuary System protects this vital resource.
With that in mind, the photos and videos of Earth Is Blue bring these ocean treasures directly to smartphones and computers all over the world, where they can serve as a tangible reminder that no matter where you are, the ocean and Great Lakes are in your hands. We hope these images inspire you to help care for our ocean and to spread the word that Earth isn't green -- it's blue.
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After decades of being hunted for their fur, sea otters were once extinct from the shores of Washington State -- but they've made an otterly amazing recovery! In 1969 and 1970, 59 sea otters were relocated to Washington from Alaska. Today, the population has grown to more than 1,800! Many of these individuals live in the waters of NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, where you can sometimes spot them feeding and resting. (Photo: Kristine Sowl/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
"My concern is that our people are not doing enough to take care of our ocean, our water, our marine life, and our island. In order for it to be healthy, we need to get the word out."
Paula Stevenson McDonald is the owner of South Pacific Watersports in American Samoa. Watch our video to hear her Story from the Blue and how she and National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa create connections between people and the ocean.