Ocean Life


Listening In

Listening In

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate Max Kaplan positions a DMON acoustic recording device on Helen Reef, the southernmost island of Palau,…

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Reef Ray

Reef Ray

A manta ray glides over a coral reef on Jarvis Island in the Central Equatorial Pacific. A team including MIT-WHOI…

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Coral-Current Connections

Coral-Current Connections

Will climate change shift a key ocean current in the Pacific? A graduate student is looking for clues recorded in coral skeletons.

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Drill Here

Drill Here

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Hannah Barkley (right) points WHOI diver Pat Lohmann to a Porites coral for coring. The…

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David Gallo Selected for Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award

David Gallo

The Explorers Club has chosen David Gallo, Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), as one of the recipients of this year’s Lowell Thomas Award. He is among six recipients who will be honored for their “imagination in exploration” at a dinner on October 11, 2014, at the Bowers Museum in Southern California.

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It’s Hard to Kill a Killifish

It's Hard to Kill a Killifish

Summer Student Fellow Lily Helfrich is using a new molecular tool, microRNA analysis, to explore why some killifish are able to thrive in waters heavily contaminated with PCBs.

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Scallops Under Stress

Scallops Under Stress

Like other marine species, scallops face multiple climate change-related problems. Summer Student Fellow Cailan Sugano studied how scallops respond to acidification and lack of food—and whether extra food can help them resist damage due to more acidic seawater.

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Catching Fallen Plankton

Catching Fallen Plankton

MIT-WHOI Joint Program students Alice Alpert and Alexis Fischer retrieved sediment traps recently from Nauset Marsh in Orleans, Mass. Fischer,…

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Proteomics Reveals Ocean’s Inner Workings

Proteomics Reveals Ocean's Inner Workings

In a new study, WHOI scientists have demonstrated how the emerging biomedical technique of measuring proteins—a field called proteomics—can be applied to the ocean to reveal the inner biochemical workings of microbial life and ocean ecosystems.

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Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure

WHOI climate scientist Konrad Hughen and his team located a large Porites lobata coral with the help of local fishermen near the…

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From Penguins to Polar Bears

From Penguins to Polar Bears

Polar ecosystems are especially vulnerable to climate change. They are also notably hard to study and to manage. Scientists came to WHOI recently for a Morss Colloquium to address the issues.

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Yellowfin REMUS

Yellowfin REMUS

WHOI engineer Daniel Bogorff launches a REMUS 6000 off of the Institution’s dock in Woods Hole’s Great Harbor. Equipped with…

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A Haven for Whale Sharks

A Haven for Whale Sharks

Scientists discovered an aggregation of juvenile whale sharks in the Red Sea and used satellite tags to track the elusive migrations of this endangered species.

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Corals and Climate

Corals and Climate

Research assistant Justin Ossolinski (left) and marine chemist Konrad Hughen drill cores from a colony of the coral Porites lobata…

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Alvin‘s Animals

Alvin's Animals

From orange octopi and furry yeti crabs to the largest known anemone, pilots and scientists diving in the Alvin submersible continue to find amazing marine creatures.

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Tags Reveal Chilean Devil Rays Are Among Ocean’s Deepest Divers

Mainly thought to be surface dwellers, Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) are most often seen gliding through shallow, warm waters. But a new study by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and international colleagues reveals that these large and majestic creatures are actually among the deepest-diving ocean animals.

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Science Scaffolding

Science Scaffolding

Dongsha Atoll is a remote coral reef ecosystem in the South China Sea that is about two meters below sea…

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Robotic Reef

Robotic Reef

Katie Shamberger, assistant professor at Texas A&M University, checks the Remote Access Sampler (RAS) on Dongsha Atoll, a coral reef…

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