The Ocean Biogeographic Information System provides geographic context for the distribution of marine life throughout the world. Users can search for the distribution marine species by using a traditional search line or by searching via a Google Map on the OBIS homepage.
The map search option is the element, as a non-scientist, of OBIS that I liked best. Using the Google Maps search, users place a small red box anywhere on the map and OBIS will reveal all documented marine species in the area.
Applications for Education
OBIS is could be a valuable resource for biology teachers. The search results are published with each specie’s Latin name and common name.
For the self-directed learner in your class, OBIS could be a good place for that student to explore which marine species are where in the world.