The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014

The seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfish

Singer and plastic-clothing designer Pharrell Williams at the "Raw For The Oceans" event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (LAN/Corbis)

The ocean covers around 70 percent of the planet's surface—so it should be featured in 70 percent of news stories, right? Not quite, but the ocean did give us some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to marine debris to solving the mystery of the melting starfish. 

In no particular order, here are the Smithsonian Ocean Portal's picks for the biggest ocean news of 2014: 

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Celebrities Come to the Ocean’s Aid

Celebrities of all sorts jumped in to lend a hand with ocean conservation this year.

Sylvia Earle, already a celebrity in the ocean world, received some much deserved love from a variety of outlets. Between being named "Woman of the Year" by Glamour, the release of a documentary highlighting her life on Netflix, and headlining as a keynote speaker at South by Southwest, "Her Deepness" really stepped into the spotlight.

Meanwhile, pop artist Pharrell Williams started a clothing line that is taking plastics from the ocean and putting them on your shoulders. Leonardo DiCaprio announced plans to provide $7 million to efforts supporting ocean conservation at the Our Ocean Conference, convened by the U.S. State Department in June. And Harrison Ford is giving voice to the oceans for Conservation International. Warning—the ocean is angry.


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