Useful Links


Encyclopedia of Life

A useful resource for learning about life on Earth. SERPENT images are used as a data source by EOL.


A great site for species identification of fish.


World list of Pycnogonida or sea-spiders.

Animal Diversity Web

for taxonomic information

Find a Fish at

American site offering an interactive fish identification tool.

Ceph base

A resource about Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish, Nautilus.

NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources

NOAA's Office of Protected Resources works to conserve, protect, and recover marine species.

Library of 19th Century Science

Some of the best guides are the old ones (e.g. the Challenger Report).

World Porifera Database

Sponge information.

Charles Messing's Crinoid Page

A huge resource of information about crinoids.

Marine Fauna of Norway

Often useful in identifying many of the deeper water fauna with a wide depth range.

Natural History Museum, UK

The Natural History Museum is an international leader in the scientific study of the natural world.

American Museum of Natural History

A good set of pages that describe the sea floor environment.

Offshore is one of the leading websites covering the needs of the global offshore oil and gas industry.

WoRMS RSS feed

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

With WoRMS we aim to provide an authoritative list of names of all marine species globally, ever published.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

GBIF is an international organisation that is working to make the world's biodiversity data accessible everywhere in the world. GBIF and its many partners work to mobilise the data, and to improve search mechanisms, data and metadata standards, web services, and the other components of an Internet-based information infrastructure for biodiversity. Use the search facility to locate the global occurence of marine organisms.


A free resource for educational use, supported by the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at Exeter University and the Royal Society containing a huge number of video files that can be browsed by:
Topic | Species | Location
The files are in a format that can be edited by windows MovieMaker.

USGS Fisheries: Aquatic and Endangered Resources Program

Information about sea life from the National Biological Information Infrastructure.


An article about industrial ROVs

An interesting article that gives an good overview of how ROVs are used in the Oil and Gas industry

MATE ROV Technician information
Knowledge and Skill Guidelines for Marine Science and Technology

MATE is the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center based in Monterey, California. Its mission is to help prepare America's future workforce for ocean-related occupations. The MATE Center utilizes information from employers to improve and develop educational programs with a focus on marine technology.
In the UK, a similar initiative is the Marine Technology Educational Consortium. The University of Southampton is one of six consortium members.

Oil & Gas links

Worldwide Geophysical Data Library Now Available on Google Earth

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company utilizes popular mapping platform to provide easy access to their products and services around the globe. This is a fascinating Google Earth link that shows all the major oil and gas exploration areas around the world expressed as mapping data. Click on the Earth image on the page or you can open the data on Google Earth directly from this link. If you don't have it you'll need to download Google Earth.

Online tools

Transverse Mercator Calculator
Lat/Long to UTM converter (gives UTM zone). A facility for converting latitude/longitude co-ordinates to co-ordinates in metres on a Transverse Mercator projection. An Excel Workbook is also available on this page to carry out bulk conversions.