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The Creepy, Unbelievably Inspiring World of Deep Sea Parasites

Ocean hitchhikers and bodysnatchers abound in the ocean, from the surface down to the deepest trenches. The question is, why? And is it a good thing?

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(© Lauren Dykman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
A oyster rake and basket sit on the edge of Little Buttermilk Bay on a misty morning in Buzzards Bay. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Most of the world’s fresh water is trapped in sheets of ice, thousands of miles from where we might wish it to be. WHOI researchers are now investigating the possibility of towing icebergs from Antarctica to water-staved places like Cape Town, South Africa. (Illustration by Tim Silva, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Snipe eel juvenile (Nemichthys scolopaceus). (Paul Caiger, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
DSV Alvin makes its initial descent. (Luis Lamar, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Peter de Menocal poses in front of the Eel Pond docks in Woods Hole. (Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Dana Yoerger is a senior scientist in the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a pioneering researcher in robotics and underwater vehicles. Photo by Tom Kleindinst, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Lane Abrams
(Photo courtesy of © NOAA Fisheries Alaska)
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With the nuclear generating station in the background, a pair of surfers exit the water at San Onofre State Beach.(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)
A North Atlantic right whale
breaches the surface southeast
of Cape Cod in May 2015. Photo
courtesy the NOAA Teacher at Sea
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Francis Elder testing new variable ballast pump for Alvin
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An Alvin team member prepares the sub for recovery after its 5000th dive in November 2018. (Photo by Drew Beweley, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Dyer's Hangar sits just five feet above resting sea level in Woods Hole (© Daniel Hentz Photography)
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New study appearing in the December 3, 2020, issue of Annals of Global Health finds the marine plastics, one of several forms of ocean pollution worldwide, is increasing at a rate of 10 million metric tons per year. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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