Ocean Life


Super Reefs: The Future of Corals

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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Beads that Sting

These may look like a curtain of Mardi Gras beads hung in a doorway, but they are actually Man-o'-War tentacles that can inject toxins into any creature unlucky enough to bump into them. Photo by Larry Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

These may look like a curtain of Mardi Gras beads hung in a doorway, but they are actually Man-o’-War tentacles…

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Virgin Island Corals in Crisis

A coral disease outbreak that wiped out nearly 80% of stony corals between Florida’s Key Biscayne and Key West during the past two years appears to have spread to the U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.), where reefs that were once vibrant and teeming with life are now left skeleton white in the disease’s wake.

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Seal Spy

Marine ecologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is exploring new, non-invasive approaches to measuring the body mass of gray seals. Photo by Michelle Shero

Drones helps WHOI scientist measure the body mass of mother and pup seals during lactation

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