American Oceans

Everything You Need to Know About Ocean Gyres

What Is A Gyre? A gyre is a series of ocean currents that move in a circular pattern. Winds formed as the earth spins and shifting wind patterns help...

What Is Dredging?

Dredging is the removal of silt from the bottom or banks of rivers, lakes, streams, and other bodies of water. This is done for a variety of reasons...

What Is Red tide?

Red tide is a phenomenon that causes the surface of the sea to become discolored in, as the name suggests, a red color. This phenomenon is caused by...

What’s The Difference Between Flotsam And Jetsam?

Flotsam and jetsam are terms used under maritime law to describe floating debris, and the circumstances in which it was abandoned. “Flotsam” refers...

A Comprehensive Guide to Invasive Species

What Does Invasive Species Mean? According to the Natural History Museum, an invasive species is either an animal, a plant or an insect that harms an...

What Is Ocean Acidification?

To put it simply, ocean acidification is essentially the reduction of the pH levels within the ocean, which occurs over an extended period of time...

Marine Life

Explore marine life that lives in North America. Learn all about your favorite ocean animals, ecosystems, and habitats. From fun facts to conservation information, American Oceans is your resource for marine life information. Just dive in!

Today's Featured Animals

Did you know most ocean species remain to be discovered? Covering roughly 71% of our planet's surface, the ocean is mostly unexplored. Check out some of today's featured ocean animals and what we know about them.

Ocean Facts

We've learned so much about the world's oceans, but there is still a lot to explore. Check out some of our fun and unique facts about our ocean and the marine life that occupies it.