Magic Porthole. A window into ocean and coral reef life with aquarium, NOAA, and other resources, games, and news. A Horizon International program.

Coral Reefs and Oceans


Magic Porthole takes you into the fascinating and fragile world of coral reefs and the vast oceans. Enjoy playing games as you make discoveries about the lives of frogfish, cleaning gobies, turtles, seahorses, and dolphins. Deepen your knowledge with exciting videos, games, and many resources from aquariums, museums, NOAA, and the Wild Dolphin Project, among others.

Why 30% of the Ocean Should Be Protected, According to New Study. (credit: Pew Charitable Trusts) see more here

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Written by 75 authorities from the fields of climate change, epidemiology, environmental health, environmental engineering, global health, medicine, medical anthropology, nutrition, population, and public health. The following is an excerpt from what Dr. Paul Farmer writes in his Foreword to the new volume,Water and Sanitation-Related Diseases and the Changing Environment: Challenges, Interventions, and Preventive Measures: The work of experienced scholars, public-health advocates, and implementers, this new edition …offers a thorough review of some of the ranking problems of our time. Taken individually, these chapters constitute a critical compendium of ongoing debates among experts and a concise summary of more settled matters... It will be an authoritative reference for practitioners and trainees to deliver on the promise of water, sanitation, and health for all.” Paul Farmer, MD, PhD Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University, Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Co-founder, Partners In Health Recognizing the consequences of climate change now evident and that need to be anticipated in order to minimize foreseeable and unforeseen consequences, climate change is factored into the 2ndEdition’s updated and revised chapters and in new chapters.

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Coral: Glimmer of Hope

A film by Gaelin Rosenwaks 

In 2018, a team of scientists went to the Western Pacific Island chain of the Republic of Palau in the Western Pacific Ocean to unlock the mysteries of species that may contain a secret of climate change adaptation for survival. The film “CoralGlimmer of Hope” summarizes their journey and findings to date.  An article about the study, “Coral Research in Palau offers a “Glimmer of Hope,” is available on the Horizon International Solutions Site at video is available from YouTube at


Dr. Michael Moore talks about the North Atlantic Right Whale and what the future may hold for this endangered charismatic species.
View more videos of the right whale at ARKive.



See videos of Kit, a rescued sea otter. In her journey from orphaned pup to surrogate mom she goes to "Otter U" and learns what being an otter is all about.

Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures

Sylvia Earle Alliance’s Mission Blue and Partners Establish Ocean Hope Spots

The Eastern Pacific Seascape spans Central and South America, covering a total of 2 million square kilometers.

Photograph© Kip Evans / Mission Blue (Cocos)

Oceans generate 70% of the oxygen in the air, and absorb much of its carbon dioxide. They drive the climate, the weather and the chemistry of the planet. Our oceans occupy over 2/3 of the planet’s surface and provide a home for most of the creatures on Earth. Unfortunately, our knowledge of the ocean is less than our impact on it. It isn't too late to expand on our understanding of the world’s oceans, and to use that knowledge to effect positive change. National Geographic: Oceans

Credits: National Geographic  Sylvia A. Earle  


Magic Porthole invites you to share your ideas with us. Your efforts to help save coral reefs may win you a prize as well as a chance to encourage others through your example. See "Contests" where can read about the winners of the first Environmental Achievement Coral Reef Contest. Click here to contact us.

Video clip (Windows Media Player): Peek into a Coral Reef

Video clip (Windows Media Player): Like One Big

Video Clip: Corals from Outer to Inner Space Created for the Science on a Sphere highlights NOAA's activities in coral reef science.

Magic Porthole cards are available for playing your favorite card games. Its 52 cards with mirror-image photographs of coral reef creatures match those of the “Magic Porthole Coral Reef Memory” card game here on the Web site where you can find exciting details of the reef creatures’ lives and video clips.

Collaborations: Museums, aquariums and other entities are collaborating with Horizon’s Magic Porthole™ project including the American Museum of Natural History, Environmental Defense (ED) Oceans Alive project, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Museum of Science-Boston, The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Smithsonian Institution Ocean Hall and Ocean Portal, the Field Museum, Monterey Aquarium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Ocean Service, and many others.

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About Horizon International

Horizon International works to find and advance solutions in the interconnected areas of health, the environment, population and economic well-being and, in recent years, is concentrating on addressing water and sanitation and hygiene problems and solutions. The non-profit NGO is based at Yale where it has been a guest of the University since 1992. From 1987 until 2006 it had an office at Harvard University.

Multimedia programs including a solutions site at, which is the organizations main web presence, an oceans website at, and international TV programs, many of which can be viewed on YouTube at, other educational materials, lectures, conference participation and consultations are means employed to achieve its goals.

Horizon’s recent effort is the production of the book, Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures, a Wiley-Blackwell collaboration with Horizon International, for which Horizon’s head, Janine M. H. Selendy, is Editor. The book was written by 59 experts from the fields of public health, medicine, epidemiology, environmental health, climate change, environmental engineering, and population research.

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On September 16, 2014, Horizon International launched the publication of “Schoolchildren Battle Malaria and Other Diseases,” the first edition of “WASH 4 All,” a comic book series being offered for free throughout the world.

“WASH 4 ALL” (water, sanitation and hygiene for all) comic book series and short animated cartoon videos are being produced by Horizon International, an NGO based at Yale University, New Haven, CT, in collaboration with the media service of Beautiful Feet International (MediaBFI), a non-profit organization based in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. The comics are being created to positively engage youths in the fight against diseases related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

The 12-page colored comic book, draws upon the content of Horizon’s book and its accompanying DVDs, “Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures.”