The Census of Marine Life (CoML) is an international project to account for the world's marine biodiversity. Launched in 2000, it has now completed a decade of research, and is celebrating this milestone with a conference in London.
The results have been more than just scientific publications and pretty coffee table books. Artwork inspired by the Census includes a storyline in Jim Toomey's comic strip Sherman's Lagoon (scroll down this page to see), which follows the foibles of a (not very bright) Great White shark and his friends. Toomey has given a TED talk where he talks about his love of the ocean and marine life, including his stand against shark finning.