Oceans shape the lives of seafarers and shore dwellers.

Stilt fishing, near Galle, Sri Lanka, 1983
photo © Heather Angel

Seafaring, whether a peril-filled profession or an occasional pastime, is part of everyone's heritage. Around the world, people go to sea under vastly different conditions and for varying reasons, but responses to the risks and rewards of seafaring are similar in basic ways.

Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan

gene carl feldman (gene@seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov) (301) 286-9428
Judith Gradwohl, Smithsonian Institution (Curator/Ocean Planet)