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A curious robot is poised to rapidly expand reef research

WHOI scientists with the Coral Catalyst Team are leveraging a new, artificially intelligent robot to automate coral reef health assessments

Scientists Reveal Secrets of Whales

Scientists Reveal Secrets of Whales

Researchers have known for decades that whales create elaborate songs. But a new study has revealed a component of whale songs that has long been overlooked—sort of a booming baseline to go along with the…

How Do Larvae Find a Place to Settle Down?

How Do Larvae Find a Place to Settle Down?

It’s still a mystery: How do the tiny larvae of marine animals that hatch in the open ocean find their way to coral reefs where they settle as adults? One theory is that they home…

Eavesdropping on Shrimp's Snap Chat

Eavesdropping on Shrimp’s Snap Chat

At Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, marine ecologist Ashlee Lillis is studying a tiny animal that makes one of the ocean’s loudest natural sounds. It’s called a snapping shrimp. The noise it makes dominates the underwater…

Tagging a Squishy Squid

Tagging a Squishy Squid

For more than a decade, researchers have been tagging large marine mammals such as dolphins and whales to reveal their behavior. But tagging small, soft animals such as jellyfish and squid has posed a big,…

Is Ocean Acidification Affecting Squid?

Is Ocean Acidification Affecting Squid?

The rise in carbon dioxide in the ocean from fossil-fuel burning may have insidious impacts on marine life.

Swimming in Low-pH Seas

Swimming in Low-pH Seas

Researchers knew that squid raised in acidified water developed abnormal balance organs. To find out whether the young squid could still balance and swim normally, Summer Student Fellow Doriane Weiler mapped their movements.

Can Squid Abide Ocean's Lower pH?

Can Squid Abide Ocean’s Lower pH?

To most people, squid are calamari: delicious when fried. But to WHOI researchers Max Kaplan and Aran Mooney, squid are another reason to be concerned about ocean acidification.

What Is the Sound of 130 Wind Turbines Turning?

What Is the Sound of 130 Wind Turbines Turning?

Federal officials examined a long list of potential impacts from the nation’s first offshore wind farm, slated to begin construction in Nantucket Sound in 2013: effects on ocean vistas, airplane and boat navigation, water and…

Scientists Find that Squid Can Detect Sounds

Scientists Find that Squid Can Detect Sounds

The ordinary squid, Loligo pealii, is well known as a kind of floating buffet. “Almost every type of marine organism feeds somehow off squid,” said biologist T. Aran Mooney, a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole…