A selection of resources to find out more about coral ecosystems and to discover artists using corals and the ocean as their subject.
In no particular order.
We encourage you to do your own research as new ideas and projects are constantly being developed.
Good art will speak to you. Good art will always be more than what meets the eye. It will spark emotion, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry and most importantly, it will make you think. Artists put a lot of work into their pieces.
Sara Paxton, artist
Corals and marine life
Mauritius: NGOs, organisations and people involved in coral, marine and coastal conservation as well as education.
Mauritius Wildlife Foundation
Marine Megafauna Conservation Organisation Mauritius
Recently opened aquarium in Port Louis and well worth a visit.
Gerald Rambert: Mauritian diver and talented underwater photographer
Stunning online photographic gallery of his travels
Films / documentaires
Puff: Wonders of the Reef 2021
‘A baby pufferfish travels through a wondrous, microworld full of fantastical creatures as he searches for a home on the Great Barrier Reef.’ Great introduction to a coral reef.
Chasing Coral 2017
Essential viewing: documentary film about corals and their bleaching.
Full feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGBGcjdjXA
‘Seaspiracy examines the global fishing industry, challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how human actions cause widespread environmental destruction.’
Mission Blue 2014
Biographical film about remarkable oceanographer and activist Sylvia Earle
A Plastic Ocean 2016
My Octopus Teacher 2020
Award winning documentary about a man filming an octopus over a year.
Jago: A Life Underwater 2017
‘An award-winning documentary about Rohani, an 80-year-old hunter who dives on a single breath descending to great depths for several minutes. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Togian Islands of Indonesia.’
Coral Woman 2019
‘An inspiring, need of the hour tale of a homemaker from Tamil Nadu, who, through her paintings, has been trying to draw public attention to the devastating effects of climate change on marine life and the coastal communities. It is, in fact, her love for corals that inspired Uma to learn how to swim, dive and paint in her 50s.’
Blue Planet II 2017
Amazing BBC documentary series, with episode 3 on coral reefs.
International: places and projects
Our Blue Planet
‘Digital project to get people talking about our Oceans… bringing you incredible stories, videos, photography.
XL Catlin Sea Survey
Take a virtual dive:
Underwater Earth: saving 50 reefs
The Coral Triangle Indonesia
‘Richest marine habitats on this planet, with world’s highest coral diversity’.
Great Barrier Reef Australia
World’s largest coral reef system.
National Geographic Ocean 101
Lost Cities, an interactive story of coral
NOAA Coral reef watch satellite monitoring.
Follow the changing sea temperatures:
Ted Talks (subtitles available in bottom right hand side)
About the ocean and reefs
Ted Ed on marine life
Rambert, Gérald: Maurice Sous-Marine/ Mauritius Underwater. Orphie.
Sheppard, Charles: Coral Reefs. Princeton University Press.
Sheppard, Anne: Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea. Natural History Museum.
Bergbauer, Matthias & Kirschner, Manuela: Reef Fishes of the Indo-Pacific. John Beaufoy Publishing.
Weikert, Chuck: Coral Reef Curiosities: Intrigue, Deception and Wonder on the Reef and Beyond. Dayton Publishing.
‘creator of innovative underwater media chronicling Earth’s imperiled coral reefs’ Great close-up photography of coral polyps and other reef creatures.
Jason deCaires Taylor
Ted Talks on Art (subtitles available in bottom right hand side)
Ted Ed on art
My Modern Met articles
Sky Portrait Artist of the Year
8 seasons so far with 8 episodes each. Starting in 2013.
Sky Landscape Artist of the Year
7 seasons so far, starting in 2015. Available on YouTube. Available on YouTube.