Ocean Life


Public Talk: Tracking Humpback Whales in Antarctica

Dan Zitterbart

Humpbacks migrate thousands of miles to their feeding ground in the Southern Ocean, yet nothing is known about how these whales find the krill that they consume. WHOI scientists joined an expedition aboard cruise ship Polar Latitudes to study the feeding habits of humpback whales on the Antarctic Peninsula. Using Zodiacs to get close enough to the whales to attach digital recording tags, his team logged whales’ diving and feeding behaviors. They also used fish-finding acoustic systems to correlate the location of the whales with their prey. Learn their findings from this research, accompanied by stunning images of Antarctica, humpback whales, and other sea life encountered in the majestic southern continent.

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Stars and Stripes

A golden feather star raises its arms to feed. Behind, brittle stars are perched across the boulder-field. (Photo courtesy of…

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The Power of Super Reefs

super reefs

For the First Annual World Reef Day, dive into this video about Super Reefs—coral reefs across the tropics that are able to withstand the stress of ocean warming, and can breed resilient larvae that can be used to reseed other reefs.

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Potato chips of the sea

Sometimes referred to as the potato chips of the sea, two pteropods (Diacria trispinosa) move through the Ocean Twilight Zone…

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Fish with Flashlights

Down in the dark and shadowy ocean twilight zone, countless species—bristlemouths, lanternfishes, jellies, and others—rely on bioluminescence for a variety of important functions, including finding their next meal, outsmarting predators, and looking for mates.

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Macroscopic Life

They look like space stations, but actually are colonial forms of single-celled organisms called radiolarians, collected in the deep Celebes…

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