Our relationship with the sea takes on countless forms. To some it speaks through scientific study, to others through art work, many enjoy surfing, bathing and angling. For entire communities it means their livelihoods. It connects distant lands and people. Even those not living next to the sea are often fascinated with the folklore and myths lingering in many cultures. Here we share encounters with different people explaining their personal or professional relationship to the sea.
What do artists want to tell us about the sea or get us to discover? How do they arouse our sensitivity and let us share their experience or understanding of the sea?
Scientists study the oceans in different ways from artists, but may be as passionate about the seas. Curiosity and practical needs have induced study of the seas and their creatures since antiquity.
More recently, as a result of a public invitation on facebook to suggest questions, we've been asking several scientists what they consider the greatest threats to the oceans and what they suggest to do about them.
The resulting video interviews, TED talks of leading scientists fascinated by the oceans and more are here for you to discover.