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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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Down Time

Down Time

After a trying day of bathymetric surveys, a science party from WHOI and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology…

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Proof of Concept

Proof of Concept

Matt Long sets up the prototype of his new eddy correlation hydrogen ion and oxygen exchange system (ECHOES) on Great…

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New Study Finds Extreme Longevity in White Sharks

Great white sharks—top predators throughout the world’s ocean—grow much slower and live significantly longer than previously thought, according to a new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). In the first successful radiocarbon age validation study for adult white sharks, researchers analyzed vertebrae from four females and four males from the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Age estimates were up to 73 years old for the largest male and 40 years old for the largest female.

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Arctic Spring

Something surprising is happening in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska. In 2011 a team of scientists aboard the Coast…

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Against the Odds

Against the Odds

In the western Pacific Republic of Palau, abundant corals live in conditions that are warmer and more acidic than normal—conditions…

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A Healthy Mystery

A Healthy Mystery

Lush, diverse, healthy coral reefs in Palau are living where they shouldn’t be—under lower-than-normal pH levels that are equal to…

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Call of the Whales

Call of the Whales

Robotic gliders equipped with acoustic monitoring devices can now eavesdrop on whales, enabling researchers to locate the elusive animals before they surface—and to warn ship pilots in the area to slow down to reduce the chances of a deadly collision.

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The Return of the Seals

The Return of the Seals

WHOI biologist Rebecca Gast examines whether the recovered and thriving population of gray seals in Cape Cod waters has affected water quality off the beaches they frequent.

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What Doomed the Stromatolites?

What Doomed the Stromatolites?

About a billion years before the dinosaurs became extinct, stromatolites roamed the Earth until they mysteriously disappeared. Well, not roamed…

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