World Oceans Week is Making a Big Splash

Dive into World Oceans Week with the Explorers Club as they celebrate the wonders of the earth's oceans and share cutting-edge research in marine technology, conservation, and beautiful underwater photography.

Learn more about all the events happening this week from June 5-June 11 at

June 06, 2022

SUNDAY, June 5

2:00 pm - Blue Generation Bootcamp, Session 1: Who Governs the Ocean?

Have you ever wondered who manages the ocean, and how? Join Francois Bailet to explore ocean governance and discuss with practitioners from the UN and around the world.

5:00 pm - Blue Generation Kick-off Mixer

Meet & Greet mixer over ocean cocktails, and network with the next generation of ocean leaders.

MONDAY, June 6

10:00 am - Blue Generation Bootcamp, Session 2: Career Currents

Our second session is coordinated by deep-sea scientist Peter Girguis from Harvard University for an interactive workshop on the on ramps and off ramps of an ocean career.

  • Wave 1 - Early Career, for those in university or just getting started
  • Wave 2 - Mid Career, for those established in the community or looking to shift gears

4:00 pm - Ocean Innovation

Cutting edge technologies changing the face of the high seas - curated by Schmidt Marine

5:00 pm - Octopus - Ambassador Hour

A review of the Octopus Photo Competition and other surprises concerning the planet's most intelligent invertebrate - curated by Marc Bryan-Brown and OctoNation

7:00 pm - Big Ideas

Whether they be a concept, person, or existing initiative – these ideas shoot for the moon with their creative ocean solutions.


10:00 am - Blue Generation Bootcamp, Session 3: Communicating Yourself

Explorers Club member and communications expert Andi Cross will host our final two sessions on how to market yourself as an ocean professional.

  • Wave 1 - Early Career, for those in university or just getting started
  • Wave 2 - Mid Career, for those established in the community or looking to shift gears

4:00 pm - Coral Futures: Blending the roles of science, art, and finance in saving coral reefs

Expert panel of restoration practitioners, academics, and communicators discussing adaptation strategies to conserve and restore coral reefs - curated by Ben Farmer

5:00 pm - Penguins - Ambassador Hour

Everyone's favorite flightless birds - curated by Ellen Pikitch and the Global Penguin Society

7:00 pm - Ocean Rights 101

A panel of individuals working to establish national and international legislation recognizing the inherent rights of the Oceans - curated by Callie Veelenturf



4:00 pm - Blue Carbon

An inside look at the essential element for coastal climate change adaptation worldwide - curated by Ted Janulis & Rosie Poirier.

5:00 pm - Mangroves - Ambassador Hour

Swamp Goddess - why the mangrove is the humble hero of our planet

Find out straight from the experts why humble mangroves are secret turbo-engines for carbon sequestration, hotspots for ocean life that even coral reefs can't live without, and guard coastal communities from natural disasters - curated by Katie Losey and The Nature Conservancy.

7:00 pm - The Mayan Experience - Into the Cenotes of the Yucatán

Discover the cenote system of the Yucatan through diverse perspectives including exploration, biodiversity, paleontology and archeology, as explorers and scientists from the region and beyond share their latest discoveries.

Share with Mayans their culture through dance, song and food, original creations for the evening born out of not-for-profit initiatives supporting youth, women and traditional sustainable food systems in the Yucatan.

FRIDAY, June 10

Câ  est les pieds dans lâ  eau que jâ  ai photographié cette mongrove quand le soleil etait tout proche de lâ  horizon.


C’est les pieds dans l’eau que j’ai photographié cette mongrove quand le soleil etait tout proche de l’horizon.

Photo by: Gabriel BARATHIEU


5:30 pm - Sustainable Seafood Soirée

A one-of-a-kind evening featuring foods of the future - curated by Julie & Alex Wallace.

Leading sustainable seafood vendors will join us for a full tasting and interactive evening taking over Club Headquarters. Come meet the leaders of the sustainable seafood revolution, try a kelp burger, and sample volcanic wines from the Azores!


NYC Area Field Trips

  • Coney Island Beach Sweep with the NY Aquarium and Peace Boat
  • Explore Shinnecock Bay with Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University


Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants - Livestream Classroom Events

Join Club Director Joe Grabowski and world-class explorers as they speak to students from around the world.

Monday | The Deep-sea

  • 9:00 am Richard Garriott de Cayeux - Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean
  • 10:00 am Peter Girguis - Creatures of the Deep
  • 11:00 am Live From EV Nautilus - Johnston Atoll Mapping

Tuesday | Magnificent Marine Life

  • 9:00 am Pablo Borboroglu - Global Penguin Society
  • 10:00 am Callie Veelenturf - Protecting Sea Turtles
  • 11:00 am Chelsea Bennice - Exploring an Octopus’ Garden
  • 1:00 pm Fabien Cousteau

Wednesday | Women in Ocean Science and Exploration

  • 9:00 am Pier Nirandara
  • 10:00 am Dr. Pamela Fletcher - Seeing Sea Turtles Survive

Thursday | Green Ocean

  • 9:00 am Benjamin Jones - Seagrass
  • 10:00 am Cheryl Doughty - Mangroves
  • 11:00 am Josie Iselin - Kelp
  • 1:00 pm Brian Skerry - Secrets of the Whales
  • 2:00 pm Live From the Viking Ship Draken

Friday | Sharks!

  • 10:00 am Andrej A. Gajić - Sharks of the Mediterranean
  • 11:00 am Andrea Marshall - Protecting Manta Rays

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Channel Islands: A Tale of Two Worlds

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An Otterly Adorable Awareness Week

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The Highest Animal on the Food Chain: Megalodon Sharks

The now-extinct megalodon and its ancestors may have been "hyper apex predators," higher up on the food chain than any ocean animal ever known.

99% of Sea Turtles are Now Born Female. Here's Why.

Global warming is creating a crisis in sea turtles' gender ratios, where 99% of them are being born female. Sea turtle populations have been facing a significant population decline further exasperated by climate change.

Coral Reef Survival Relies on Gene Science and Lower Emissions

Coral reefs across the world are under threat as global warming raises sea temperatures and the oceans become more acidic from absorbing carbon dioxide. While nations work to reduce industrial greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, helping coral to adapt to changing conditions could provide welcome relief for affected reefs.

If A Bat Were To Bite You In Your Sleep, You'd Probably Never Know

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How Frogs Boost Their Sex Appeal

Male frogs form ‘boy bands’ to serenade females and woo them into their mating pool.

There is Hope for the Future of Polar Bears Threatened by Climate Change

Scientific researchers have recently identified a sub-population of polar bears in southeastern Greenland that survive by hunting on glacial slush. The discovery of their unique behaviors is helping scientists understand the future of this species whose habitats are threatened by climate change.