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Beauty in Motion

Beauty in Motion

A white tern (Gygis alba) takes flight on Midway Island in the South Pacific. The birds nest on coral islands…

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Baby Pictures

Baby Pictures

The tiny offspring of two species of deep-sea corals from Antarctica changed from shapeless larvae (left) into tiny, tentacled corals…

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Core-al Samples

Core-al Samples

Jessica Carilli, a graduate student from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, holds two core samples that she and WHOI marine…

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Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day

Postdoctoral fellow Rhian Waller holds a bundle of tubeworms collected during a seafloor dive by scientists in the Alvin submersible…

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Cannonball or Cabbage?

Cannonball or Cabbage?

This specimen of Stomolophus meleagris—aka “cannonball jellies” or “cabbage head jellies”—was captured for study from the waters around the Liquid…

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Rice in a Snow Storm

Rice in a Snow Storm

Biology graduate student Kristen Whalen inspects a gorgonian (also known as a soft coral or sea fan) for a specialist…

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Slug-fest

Slug-fest

Brightly colored slugs feed on a variety of sea whips and sea fans that populate tropical coral reefs. “They munch…

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Rising Above It All

Rising Above It All

WHOI researchers were treated to a spectacular view of 2000 meters of mountain meeting 500 m of sea water in…

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Slice of History

Slice of History

A slice through the center of a long-dead brain coral is a slice through human and ocean history. This 1,000-pound…

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Colors of Coral

Colors of Coral

Viewed in polarized light, this thin section of the skeleton of a Pacific reef-building coral, Acropora gemmifera, looks more like…

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Searching for Clues in Coral

Searching for Clues in Coral

Research Specialist Anne Cohen and Summer Student Fellow Nicholas Jachowski study CT scans of coral in the new scanning laboratory…

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A Hand of a Different Sort

A Hand of a Different Sort

A pillar coral, Dendrogyra cylindrus, resembling a human hand photographed in Honduras. The coral provides clues to past climate changes.…

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View from Below

View from Below

The autonomous underwater vehicle REMUS is released in Belize during a pilot study of the effect of ocean currents on…

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Colossal Coral

Colossal Coral

A large deep sea coral sample, used in climate change studies, is cut at Fletcher Granite’s Chelmsford Quarry in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.(Photo…

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Coring for Clues

Coring for Clues

A diver collects a sample from a coral in Honduras for climate studies.The coring does not harm the colony, which continues to…

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Culturing Coral

Culturing Coral

MIT/WHOI Joint Program student Michael Holcomb checks on corals he is growing in the lab to test the low temperature…

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Seafloor Garden

Seafloor Garden

DSV Alvin’s manipulator collects a sample of coral during dive 3904 to the Kelvin Seamount off New England in July…

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