Ocean Life


Rare Find from the Deep Sea

Rare Find from the Deep Sea

For the first time ever, a team of international researchers were given the rare opportunity to observe and film a dumbo octopus – ”measuring just a few centimeters – ”hatching from its egg during an expedition to explore a chain of underwater mountains off the U.S. East Coast in 2005. Their findings were published Feb. 19, 2018, in the journal Current Biology.

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Underwater Soundscapes

Underwater Soundscapes

WHOI postdoctoral scholar Ashlee Lillis checks on snapping shrimp in a tank at the Institution’s Environmental Systems Laboratory. The shrimp…

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Monitoring Bacteria on Whale Skin

Monitoring Bacteria on Whale Skin

Just like with humans, the skin on marine mammals serves as an important line of defense against pathogens in their environment. A new study sheds light on the skin microbiome – ”a group of microorganisms that live on skin – ”in healthy humpback whales, which could aid in future efforts to monitor their health.

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From Whales to Microbes

From Whales to Microbes

WHOI scientist Amy Apprill studies a wide range of marine life—from microorganisms to whales. In recent years, she has studied…

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An Ear in the Ocean

An Ear in the Ocean

WHOI research engineer Rod Catanach wires a sound recorder on a coral reef off St. John in the U.S. Virgin…

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Reef Research

Reef Research

Kan-Min of the Dongsha Atoll Research Station steers a research vessel over Dongsha’s coral reef in the South China Sea,…

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Corals Under Threat

Corals Under Threat

A large school of bigeye trevally swim past a submarine carrying WHOI scientists descending in Cabu Pulmo National Park, home…

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Coral Skeleton Crystals

Coral Skeleton Crystals

Former MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Tom DeCarlo holds a vial containing aragonite, a crystal form of calcium carbonate, the mineral…

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A Double Whammy for Corals

A Double Whammy for Corals

Scientists know that gradually rising ocean temperatures can push corals past a threshold and cause them to bleach. But combine…

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Feeling the Heat in the NW Atlantic

Feeling the Heat in the NW Atlantic

Rising temperatures along the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean will force American lobsters (H. americanus) farther offshore and into more northern waters, according to a new study led by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

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