Explore the Blue: 360° Sea Lion Encounter

Located off the coast of Southern California, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a biological hotspot. Swim along with a playful sea lion as it takes you on a tour through the sanctuary's kelp forests and rocky outcrops.

If you're on a desktop, click and drag to experience in 360 degrees, or pair your phone with your virtual reality headset. For the best viewing experience, watch the video in high-definition: click the gear symbol in the lower right corner, then select any of the HD options that pop up when you click "Quality."

Lesson Plan

In this complementary lesson plan, students will explore the plants and animals that live and thrive in the cold-water marine environment that they encountered in the VR video. They will also learn about specific adaptations necessary for survival in this habitat.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary VR lesson plan