Ocean Overview

Ocean Overview provides an overview of some of the diverse animals and habitats in UK waters, looking at why a healthy ocean is important to all life on Earth.

Use Ocean Overview to explore why the ocean is so important, how humans benefit from and impact its resources, and how we can protect it in this series of lessons from the Marine Conservation Society.

The ocean covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface. It is a vital support system for our planet as it plays a major role in the water cycle, provides oxygen, stores carbon, regulates the climate, reduces storm damage to coastal areas, provides food, and is important for our health and wellbeing.

The ocean is also home to 50–80% of all life on Earth. It’s time to dive in.