Welcome to O'Neill Sea Odyssey's Distance Learning

OSO has created a library of content for teachers, students, families, and community members to engage in learning about the ocean and how to protect it.

Discover the unique balance of chemical and physical properties that support ocean life, from the smallest species of plankton to the largest blue whale. 

OSO Virtual Program Video- Marine Biology

Crab Larva Video

Experience the OSO Marine Biology Station from the comfort of home.

It's a Zoea drive by! Just a fun video of a crab larva for your entertainment.

Plankton ID Chart

The Secret Life of Plankton from TedEd

Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of plant and animal plankton.

Copopods, veligers, barnacles and more! See what species you can identify in this video, using the Plankton ID chart.

Ocean Acidification video from our partners at NOAA

Classroom Experiment - Clean a Penny with a Coke!

OSO's Teacher Packet

Ocean Acidification comes from too much carbon in our atmosphere. The carbon from burning fossil fuels can be harmful to the ocean environment.

This simple and safe classroom experiment can clarify the concept of pH in household products so that we may relate those concepts to the marine environment.

Use the plankton identification exercise to prepare for your online plankton ID lesson.

Scientific Illustration Challenge 

Try your hand at drawing the plankton species of your choice and then send a photo of your drawing to lwalker@oneillseaodyssey.org so that we may share your talent on social media.

Expand Your Knowledge


Learn about the complex connections between living organisms in the Monterey Bay, and how to protect them.

OSO Virtual Program Video- Ecology

Experience the OSO Ecology station from the comfort of home.

Unwrapping Plastics

Marine debris is one of the most destructive forms of pollution in the ocean. This series of educational articles and videos can help students identify the origin of plastic pollution, and give them tools to reduce marine debris in their communities.

OSO Symbiosis Worksheet

Symbiosis video by Stated Clearly

Use this worksheet to identify symbiotic relationships between organisms in your home environment.

Symbiosis is when two unlike organisms live together for long term periods of time. Watch this video to understand relationships between symbiotic organisms.

Expand Your Knowledge

Explore geometry, navigational charts, ocean currents, nautical knot tying, and more!

Experience the OSO Navigation station from the comfort of home.

Compass Rose

Make your own Compass Rose

Print, color and label these pages with the cardinal directions to create your own compass rose to use in the upcoming navigation lesson.

OSO Navigation Worksheet

Using your homemade compass, find directions for objects in your home or neighborhood.


OSO Expand Your Knowledge - Latitude and Longitude

Science on a Sphere from NOAA and OSO

Explore the next step in finding your way, using a grid of lines based on the stars.

NOAA and OSO created this ocean circulation chart to help sailors and scientists understand about the movement of global ocean currents.


Nautical Knots - Clove Hitch

Nautical Knots - Bowline

Nautical Knots - Anchor Bend

One of the most useful knots in boating, the crew of the Team O’Neill uses the clove hitch to tie the fenders onto the boat railing.

The name is made up of the word for the front of the boat, bow, and the nautical term for rope, which is line.

It’s all in the name! The anchor bend gets tighter under a heavy load and is the best knot to use when tying an anchor to the end of a line.

Nautical Knots - Canadian Jam Knot

Nautical Knots - Wrap and Store Line

Nautical Knots - Graduation Tassel

This knot is handy for tying a bedroll to a bunk or a backpack. Thanks for the useful knot, Canadians!

The last thing any sailor wants is a mess of tangled lines. Keep your boat ship shape by learning to properly wrap and store line.

Tassels are usually used for decoration, but can also be used when tying fishing lures. Make a tassel as a gift for your favorite graduate!

Nautical Knots - Celtic Button

Nautical Knots - Sheepshank

Nautical Knots - Square Knot

This knot is often used to keep line from running through rigging, or to make buttons for clothing out of cordage.

The sheepshank only works when there is tension on both ends of the knot, and is often used to shorten a line, or strengthen a damaged line.

This is a common knot to use to tie two lines together, but can also be utilized in first aid to tie bandages onto an injury.

Expand Your Knowledge