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3 Reasons to Color Today

A splash of color will bring these ocean creatures to life

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Here at Ocean Conservancy, we believe that art plays an important role in connecting us with our environment—particularly our ocean. That’s why our very own Lesley Ferguson has created some stellar coloring sheets for you to enjoy.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Who has time to color?” or “Isn’t coloring just for kids?FEAR NOT. Coloring is for all ages (Seriously. You’d be surprised how much of conservation work is conference calls—I have several coloring books at my desk that have helped get me through some long hours on the phone)! And if you need an excuse to take a break from your busy schedule, here are three reasons why you should color today:

1. Education

Coloring sheets are great resources for teachers and parents! For young minds, art is a way to help connect to our ocean and grow a deeper appreciation of marine life. And coloring is an activity that kids can do almost anywhere and without any special supplies.

An octopus hangs out on a reef. Octopuses are famous for their intelligence and are masterful at hiding in the nooks and crannies of the reef to hide from predators or stalk their prey.

2. Relaxation

For many, coloring provides a sense of relaxation and can be therapeutic. Forget about emails, deadlines and drama. You deserve a break.

In the Gulf of Mexico, seahorses can be found hanging on blades of seagrass by their tails in shallow coastal areas. Masters of camouflage, they might be hard to spot. Seahorses are unusual among animals because the male seahorse carries the eggs in a specialized pouch until they hatch as babies.

3. Inspiration

Whether you want to decorate your room or office space, admiring your coloring sheet can put you into a whole other mindset of awesomeness—deep beneath the waves.

Manta rays are large fish with a diamond-shaped body and wing-like fins. The giant manta ray is found worldwide in oceanic waters and can reach wingspans of up to 29 feet! Giant manta rays will sometimes congregate at feeding sites, even doing somersaults and creating feeding chains with one another to be more efficient at filter feeding to catch food.

So, what are you waiting for?! Swim on over and check out all of our Fish Coloring Pages today! Some of your favorite ocean critters are waiting for you to give them a splash of color.

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