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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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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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