Marine Biology

Marine Biology

Welcome to the Abilene Public Library’s Virtual Classroom.  This space will offer a new place for youth, teens, and adults to learn more about a variety of topics, with new content added regularly.

For each class, we'll share background information, educational videos, lesson plans, resources available for continued learning and more. Plus, we’ll offer a link to a test we’d appreciate if you completed to show what you learned!

What is Marine Biology

Marine biology is the scientific study of the biology of marine life, organisms in the sea. Given that in biology many phyla, families and genera have some species that live in the sea and others that live on land, marine biology classifies species based on the environment rather than on taxonomy.Wikipedia contributors. (2021, May 24). Marine biology. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:47, June 15, 2021, from

Becoming a working marine biologist isn't easy! For many, working as a marine biologist in Hawaii is a "dream job." Is this field right for you??

Welcome to Kaimana Conservation, where we talk about all things ocean related. This video features Jessica, a professional marine biologist living and working in Maui. 

Jessica explains how she became a marine biologist -- from the beginning! Sit on a Maui beach (literally!) and listen to her story, starting out as a small-town girl in land-locked Illinois to a working as a full-time marine biologist and scuba diver in the Bahamas, Fiji, and Hawaii. 

This video is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the field of marine sciences, planning on getting a degree in marine biology, or curious about how to work with the ocean! 

So ... What exactly IS marine biology?  

If you love the ocean, you've probably heard the term before. You may be familiar with the basics - it is a science-based field, it involves the ocean, etc. 

But what exactly do you DO as a marine biologist? And equally important: what do you NOT do as a marine biologist? Is marine biology the ONLY scientific field that involves the ocean? Are there OTHER careers with the ocean? 

All these questions are answered by me, a professional marine biologist, ocean conservationist and public educator from Maui, Hawaii. I get questions about working with the ocean almost daily. So I created a list of the most popular ways to make a career out of working with the ocean!

Join me as we dive in to what Marine Biology IS, what it ISN'T, and what other career paths you can take to ensure you have a future working with the ocean.

The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) at the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) is widely recognized for its contributions to marine biological studies in coral reef ecology, conservation biology, molecular evolution, aquaculture, biogeochemistry, bioacoustics and marine animal behavior, and physiology.  Built on an island surrounded by coral reefs and close to deep ocean water, HIMB scientists are able to examine estuarine and coastal/pelagic processes that are important for global societies in the face of climate change and sea level rise.

National Geographic for Kids
More than 400 shark species live in oceans around the world. Find out how sharks help keep marine ecosystems healthy in this episode of "What Sam Sees."

About What Sam Sees:

Jump into the water with scuba diver Sam and discover the amazing world of underwater animals. The Sam Cam gives you a secret look at her ocean adventures, which she goes on with aquarium experts whose exclusive interviews add more fun to the journey.

Web Cams of Marine life

The following link is a webpage that lists live webcams at Aquariums of the world as well as Ocean cams.

Aquarium of the Pacific 

  • Penguin Habitat
  • Shark Lagoon
  • Sea Nettles
  • Tropical Reef
  • Honda Blue Cavern
  • Coral Predators
  • Aquarium Webcam resources kits (includes lesson plans, short educational videos, worksheets and web based activities for K-8th grade students
Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Jelly Cam
  • Kelp Forest Cam
  • Monterey Bay Cam
  • Moon Jelly Cam
  • Open Sea Cam
  • Penguin Cam
  • Sea Otter Cam
  • Shark Cam
Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport Oregon

  • Octopus feeding

  1. Resources
  2. Lesson Plans on Marine Biology
  3. Test Your Knowledge

Byatt, A., Fothergill, A., Holmes, M., & British Broadcasting Corporation. (2001). The blue planet: A natural history of the oceans. New York, NY: DK.

Cuthbert, E., Kyte, T., Lengies, V., Powell, C., Kerrigan, B., Clermont, C., SDA Productions, Inc., ... KOCH Vision (Firm). (2004). Super sea creatures and awesome ocean adventures. Port Washington, NY: Distributed by KOCH Vision.

Gamble, A., Jasper, M., & Kelly, C. (2009). Good night ocean.

Hoyt, E. (2001). Creatures of the deep: In search of the sea's "monsters" and the world they live in. Toronto: Firefly Books.

Markle, S., & McWilliam, H. (2020). What if you could sniff like a shark?: Explore the superpowers of ocean animals.

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, (2013, April 3). Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) at UH SOEST [Video]. YouTube.

Kaimana Conservation(2020, August 28). How I Became a Marine Biologist Living in Hawaii. [Video]. YouTube.

Kaimana Conservation, (2020, September 18). How to Work with the Ocean: Top Marine Biology Careers[Video]. YouTube.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, May 24). Marine biology. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:47, June 15, 2021, from


goodnight ocean

Good Night Ocean explores whales, fish, crabs, eels, octopus, penguins, walruses, swordfish, seals, and sharks, battleships and submarines, beaches, islands, reefs, harbors, bays, icebergs, the Coast Guard, fishing boats, and more. An educational and enriching book set in diverse environments of the world's oceans, this delightful book fosters an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the marine world.

Award-winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt tells the riveting story of the discovery of the deep ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish and the huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey to the bottom of the sea, which is inhabited not by vicious monsters but by diverse species of pale starfish and mud-eating sea cucumbers. Roaming across the abyssal plains and descending deep-sea trenches, he presents as much about the character and charisma of these and other so-called monsters as about the extraordinary world in which they live. The deep sea is not one place but many, and the animals living in each of these marine habitats have developed fascinating and vital ecological relationships with one another. Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from "killer" copepods to battles among giant squid and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizens of a dark high-pressure world. There are life-forms, independent of sunlight and photosynthesis, that flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep-sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the midocean ridge, the world's longest mountain range. Surviving in conditions that appear to be close to the very soup of primordial Earth, these microbes have become the basis for the latest research into the Earth's origins. Fully illustrated with fantastic underwater imagery, Creatures of the Deep will help you enjoy and appreciate the findings and the importance of deep-sea work in the coming decades. The 21st century may well be the era of deep-ocean discovery.

creatures of the deep

what if you could smellWhat if you woke up one morning, and you suddenly had the superpower of an ocean animal? If you could shapeshift like a giant Pacific octopus, you could squeeze through even the smallest gaps. If you could snap your claws like a coconut crab, you could slice through sheets of metal. And if you could sniff like a great white shark, you'd be able to smell treats from miles away!With zany illustrations and amazing true facts, What If You Could Sniff Like a Shark?
 Set sail for big adventure on the high seas with our fearless team of Popular Mechanics hosts. You'll swim along with dolphin friends, visit Sea World and other aquariums to help take care of turtles, manatees and sea lions, dive with sharks, and explore the largest submarine canyon on North America's West coast.
Super sea creatures
blue planetFrom space, Planet Earth is blue. It floats like a jewel in the inky black void. The reflection of the sun's light from the vast expanse of water covering its surface creates it gemlike blue color. In the entire solar system, Earth is the only planet that has water in liquid form in such quantities." Scientist have calculated that 70 percent of our planet is covered by water; small wonder that the human being shave always been so fascinated by the oceans and what lies beneath. Today, while we still have so much more of the ocean realm to uncover, we have discovered enough to know that beneath the waves lies a vast treasure-trove of rich and diverse life. Accompanying the television series of the same name, The Blue Planet leads up on a voyage of exploration from the coasts, the very edges of the oceans, to the deep where weird and monstrous fish lurk in a world of perpetual darkness. Along the way we are introduced to a whole host of wonderful creatures -- from tiny copepods to majestic blue whales, and from the grotesque hairy anglerfish, to the amazing tripod fish that stands on its three delicate legs waiting to snap up unsuspecting prey. Complete with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough and 400 full-color photographs, The Blue Planet is the first complete and comprehensive portrait of the whole ocean system.