Learning Zone

Explore our resources to find out more about our amazing marine environment! or follow the links to find out more about the work we do and working with us.

Life In The Sea

Find out about some of the amazing animals, plants and algae which live in the Sea around us.


Sealife Facts 

Ocean Giants!

The largest animal ever to have lived on this planet is the blue whale. It is bigger than any of the dinosaurs, growing over 33 metres long and weighing more than 15 London double decker buses! The prize for the longest animal however goes to the humble bootlace worm, a specimen of which, found in Scotland  measured 55 metres long according to the Guinness Book of Records. Another contender for the world’s longest animal is the lion’s mane jellyfish. The longest ever recorded was 37 metres!

Solar Powered Animals!

Many of us know that seaweeds, microscopic algae and plants, which live in the sea need sunlight to photosynthesize and  grow, but did you know that there is also a Solar-powered sea slug (Elysia viridis) which uses the chloroplasts from the plants it eats to convert energy from the sun to supplement its own food supply!

Free Stuff!

Here you will find a range of fun and useful resources, which you can download and use for free (not-for-profit use only).


Videos and photos

  Visit the MBA Facebook page albums for images from our surveys and events (use restrictions apply).

  Visit the Blue Sound Flikr photo stream for images from our education events (use restrictions apply).

Visit the MBA YouTube page for marine life films and videos of MBA talks.

Visit the Blue Sound YouTube page for marine life films, and films about the Blue Sound project and events.

Visit the Marinexus YouTube Channel for marine life films and flims about research undertaken by the MBA and partners through the Marinexus project.

Sea Change: Increasing Ocean Literacy from Sea Change Project on Vimeo.

Watch a great video here produced as part of the Blue Sound Project about snorkelling in Plymouth Sound.

Watch a short video about our wind turbine building activity created as part of the Life Around the Turbines project

Watch a film produced by MBA Scientists about the incredible world of kelp

Watch a great video about the Shore Thing Project in the Solway Firth produced for the Yes! Project.


Videos and photos

  Visit the MBA Facebook page albums for images from our surveys and events (use restrictions apply).

  Visit the Blue Sound Flikr photo stream for images from our education events (use restrictions apply).

Visit the MBA YouTube page for marine life films and videos of MBA talks.

Visit the Blue Sound YouTube page for marine life films, and films about the Blue Sound project and events.

Visit the Marinexus YouTube Channel for marine life films and flims about research undertaken by the MBA and partners through the Marinexus project.

Sea Change: Increasing Ocean Literacy from Sea Change Project on Vimeo.

Watch a great video here produced as part of the Blue Sound Project about snorkelling in Plymouth Sound.

Watch a short video about our wind turbine building activity created as part of the Life Around the Turbines project

Watch a film produced by MBA Scientists about the incredible world of kelp

Watch a great video about the Shore Thing Project in the Solway Firth produced for the Yes! Project.

ID Guides and Cards

Here is a range of Identification Guides and other resources, which can be downloaded and printed freely for non-profit use. Some of the resources are quite large and may take some time to download! If you know of any MBA Education publications you would like us to make available here, please contact us.

The Recording Forms and additional Resources which accompany these ID resources can be found in our general publications section

ID Guides and Cards

Here is a range of Identification Guides and other resources, which can be downloaded and printed freely for non-profit use. Some of the resources are quite large and may take some time to download! If you know of any MBA Education publications you would like us to make available here, please contact us.

The Recording Forms and additional Resources which accompany these ID resources can be found in our general publications section

General Free Resources