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About the Remarkable Ocean World

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The Remarkable Ocean World  first splashed upon the World Wide Web in August 1996. From the outset, the site has strived to generate passion for and knowledge of the sea, particularly for students enrolled in Introduction to Oceanography, a general education science course taught by Sean Chamberlin at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. (For those of you living in Norway and elsewhere, Fullerton is about ten minutes north of Disneyland.)

From its meager start as a web-support system for lecture-based oceanography students to its present-day amalgamation as a source of inspiration and education on all aspects of the sea for anyone with an interest in the sea, this site continues to evolve. The site you see here is the fourth generation of The Remarkable Ocean World.

In August 1999, the Remarkable Ocean World began offering memberships. Through memberships and e-commerce, this site hopes to generate resources to develop more content and a greater number of tools for educating students and the general public. (Face it, there's only so much one guy can do and he's just trying to get a little help, okay?)

The Remarkable Ocean World strives to insure the most up-to-date information and links in an easy-to-get-at manner. Feedback from students, colleagues, and the occasional surfer (the electronic kind) has been instrumental in shaping the look and feel of this site. But nobody's perfect. If you find are having trouble accessing anything here or if you wish to make a suggestion, please contact me,

The Mission

My mission is to host  the largest collection of online oceanographic information and multimedia content in the world. By combining education, basic research and electronic publishing technology, I hope to foster a greater understanding of the sea and its inhabitants.

The Goal

Within the scope of the mission, I strive to:

provide educational and multimedia content for students and others with an interest in the sea;
contribute up-to-date scientific information for researchers, educators, students and others
promote an awareness of man's relationship with the sea, especially in art, literature, and film;
create a forum for student and community discussion of ocean-related issues;
celebrate the sea's propensity for fun and enjoyment!

Site Restrictions

Please be aware that this site serves many hundreds of students every semester.  To insure their privacy, some of the pages are password protected. You will not be allowed to view those pages. If you would like to know more about the educational aspects of this site, please feel free to contact me regarding your interests. I would be more than happy to answer your questions.

Please Sign Our Guestbook

Guestbooks promote a sense of community and indicate support for our mission. Won't you take a moment to sign ours? Please sign here.

Membership Benefits

The Remarkable Ocean World offers memberships for those who wish to support our mission and help us accomplish our pioneering goals. Your $5 annual membership donation helps offset the expenses of maintaining the site, allows us to add new features and lets us bring you the most up-to-date and complete oceanographic information possible. Most importantly, member support helps college students reach their dreams.

Except for student-safe sections of the site, all of the pages on this site are available for public use. They always have been and they always will be. Our library features over 300 pages of lecture notes created specifically to provide general information about the sea. The library also includes hundreds of digital images, audio files and video files available for viewing or download.

A few members-only pages and special events will be developed in the near future to add value to your membership. However, exclusivity and commercial gain are not the intent in offering these memberships. We truly hope you will share our vision of educating the young minds of the future and join us in this life-long journey.

Besides supporting a good cause, members benefit in these other important ways:

Click here for more information on becoming a supporting member.

Gift Shop

You can help support this site by purchasing the print version of our textbook in our Bookstore (it's more convenient than printing your own!) or by making purchases through one of our affiliates. Click here to peek in the window of the Remarkable Ocean World Gift Shop.


What's an educational web site without a bookstore? The bookstore offers bound editions of the lecture note series and lab manual (coming soon!) published on this site. I will also offer a Forum for selling used books as well as links to online textbook vendors and commercial book and video vendors. Future offerings include a Remarkable Ocean World CD-ROM and Video Series. Stay tuned for more details! Click here to browse the shelves at the Remarkable Ocean World Book Store!

We Value Your Opinion

My cats and I really value what you think. Your comments, suggestions, and contributions are most welcome. Send you ideas to

Thanks for Visiting!

Thank you for spending time here! We realize that you could have chosen to spend time on another web site, but we won't go into that. May the mystery of the sea surround you and fill you with wisdom, joy and hope! Surf long and prosper!