World Oceans Day: What actually happened?

June 8th was the 2015 annual World Oceans Day. World Oceans day is a United Nations initiative for action, celebration and creating awareness about our oceans. The theme of this year’s event was “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”. Here’s a summary of how World Oceans Day was celebrated around the world:


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The winner of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition (Source: United Nations/Cecile Gaspard)

The UN celebrated World Oceans Day by holding a reception at UN Headquarters. The event included the announcement of the winner of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition. This year’s winner was French photographer Cecile Gaspar. Celebrations continued in New York at the Empire State Building, which was lit up in blue, white and purple lights to represent the colours of the ocean.


#worldoceansday was trending on Twitter all day with thousands of tweets posted from around the world. Google also celebrated by releasing an underwater edition of Google Maps. This feature allowed users to view interactively view amazing underwater seascapes.

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Muli Kandu, Maldives (Source: Google Maps)

Celebrities including Richard Branson, Judi Dench and Helena Bonham-Cartercelebrated World Ocean Day in an unusual way by posing naked with sea creatures. These photos were part of an annual campaign by  UK non for profit group Fishlove, which promotes sustainable fishing and ecosystem protection.


Judi Dench posing for Fishlove (Source: Fishlove/John Swanell)
Judi Dench posing for Fishlove (Source: Fishlove/John Swanell)

Aquariums around the world celebrated by holding events to celebrate, educate and promote sustainability. Melbourne Aquarium hosted events throughout the weekend and treated their penguins and stingrays with heart shaped treats. The Florida Aquarium took action by cleaning up the Tampa Riverwalk. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Palm Beach, California held a three day festival for World Oceans Day, which included educational presentations, films and exhibits.

Anybody can get involved in world ocean day by planning an event or clean up and registering it on


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