Ocean Life


Bleached and Barren

Bleached and Barren

Researchers from the lab of WHOI scientist Anne Cohen are currently working on Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea…

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Buff Mussels

Buff Mussels

These deep-sea mussels were collected on an Alvin dive to the Florida Escarpment in the Gulf of Mexico. This rocky…

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Symbiotic Survival

Symbiotic Survival

Scientists have long known that corals have symbiotic relationships with algae, called zooxanthellae, which use sunlight to make food for…

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Fragile Corals

Fragile Corals

As part of an ongoing collaboration, students from the Perkins School for the Blind visited the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit…

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Team Microbe

Team Microbe

Like humans, corals are home to millions of microbes such as bacteria and algae. Here, “Team Microbe” members Matthew Neave (WHOI…

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Mad for Mud

Mad for Mud

Jill Bourque (left) and Amanda Demopoulos, scientists at the U.S Geological Survey, extract sediments from a coring device pushed into…

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Scientists Identify Core Skin Bacterial Community in Humpback Whales

In a paper published in the open access journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues identified a core skin bacterial community that humpback whales share across populations, which could point to a way to assess the overall health of these endangered marine mammals. 

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In the Hot Seat

In the Hot Seat

Summer Student Fellow Ashley Grey investigates a coral’s response to rising ocean temperatures while working in the lab of WHOI…

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Next Stop: Gulf of Mexico

Next Stop: Gulf of Mexico

After a three-year major overhaul and upgrade, the submersible Alvin was in the water in November for 14 recertification dives…

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Going Up

Going Up

After helping to secure the submersible Alvin to the research vessel Atlantis, Patrick Neumann (diving) and Allison Heater (in the…

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Mysterious Jellyfish Makes a Comeback

Mysterious Jellyfish Makes a Comeback

In July 2013, Mary Carman, a researcher at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was diving in Farm Pond on Martha’s Vineyard when something that felt like hypodermic needles stung her face.

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Living Reefs

Living Reefs

An abundance of life inhabits the coral reefs surrounding Vavvaru Island in the Maldives. WHOI Scientists Konrad Hughen, Justin Ossolinski…

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Island Hopping

Island Hopping

On a recent cruise aboard Pangaea Exploration’s vessel Sea Dragon, members of WHOI biogeochemist Anne Cohen’s lab sailed across the…

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Resilient Reefs

Resilient Reefs

WHOI post-doctoral scholar Kathryn Shamberger (left) and an employee of the Palau International Coral Reef Center collect a water sample…

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