Oceana Press Release
February 23, 2010
Contact: Kevin Connor
Washington, DC — Many people live near the ocean or spend vacations at the water’s edge, but what do they really know about the deep blue sea? Global nonprofit Oceana today launched the Ocean IQ Quiz at www.oceana.org, allowing quiz takers to better learn about the world’s oceans and rewarding those who display the greatest depth of knowledge on ocean science and marine animals. Participants have a chance to win prizes including Nautica apparel, a Nintendo Wii and the grand prize of a trip to watch sea turtles in the wild.
“Whether you live a landlocked life or in a coastal area, the ocean can often seem both mysterious and so vast as to be invulnerable, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth,” said Andrew F. Sharpless, CEO of Oceana. “The Ocean IQ Quiz engages participants with surprising facts and insights, and rewards them for their knowledge. And the more they know, the more we believe people will want to protect the world’s oceans.”
Quiz takers can go to the newly redesigned Oceana.org to take the test and to see if they know what fish could swallow an entire person or which animal has a heart the size of a small car. Participants can improve their results by studying Oceana’s Explore section, with content provided by leading reference publisher Dorling Kindersley. The multiple choice quiz also offers five different versions, allowing visitors to take it more than once.
To enter the contest and be eligible for the prizes, participants must be residents of the United States and 13-years or older, and must also complete any one of the five Ocean IQ Quizzes. To qualify for the Grand Prize, quiz takers must also check the “Grand Prize” box and enter the email addresses of four friends.
Oceana will fly one lucky grand prize winner round-trip with the ecotourism organization SEE Turtles on an exclusive eco-travel adventure to observe sea turtles.
Three first prize winners will receive Nintendo Wiis with a copy of the ocean exploration game Endless Ocean. Second prize winners will receive Dive watches from Nautica, third prize recipients will receive $100 gift cards from Nautica and fourth prize winners will receive Nautica rope bracelets.
To take the Ocean IQ Quiz for your chance to win a trip to watch sea turtles in the wild, visit www.oceana.org/IQ.
Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Our team of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Global in scope and dedicated to conservation, Oceana has campaigners based in North America, Europe and South and Central America. More than 300,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. For more information, please visit www.Oceana.org.