Ocean Life


Blue Water Diving

Diving in the open ocean. This video describes a specialized diving technique that lets biologists study the ocean’s most fragile…

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Have fins, will travel

Have fins, will travel

The paddletail snapper (Lutjanus gibbus) gets around. Its habitat is reefs, and it can be found in tropical marine waters from the…

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Summer School

Summer School

A school of Caranx sexfasciatus (bigeye trevally) swim in Kimbe Bay, located on the north shore of the island of…

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Shallow Water Diving

The benefits of being there. This video spotlights researchers using scuba in shallow water. These scientists, working on coral reefs,…

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WHOI Study Sheds Light on Tunicate Evolution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers have filled an important gap in the study of tunicate evolution by genetically sequencing 40 new specimens of thaliaceans, a gelatinous type of tunicate. Their study was featured on the cover of the June issue of the Journal of Plankton Research.

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Two Thumbs Up

Two Thumbs Up

In April 2011 aboard NOAA’s ship R/V McArthur II, WHOI engineer John Bailey (left) and researcher Miles Saunders (Penn State)…

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The Better to See You With

The Better to See You With

A bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) casts a wary eye on WHOI biologist Simon Thorrold, who photographed this and many other…

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Sleepy Sepia?

Sleepy Sepia?

A cuttlefish (Sepia sp.) appears to be dozing above a coral reef in Kimbe Bay in Papua, New Guinea. WHOI…

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Bats out of the Blue

Bats out of the Blue

Fish ecologist Simon Thorrold‘s research on pristine coral reefs in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea yields both scientific results and…

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Home on the Reef

Home on the Reef

A pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) looks out from the tentacles of its home, a big anemone in Kimbe Bay, Papua…

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

Can you spot the pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus sp.)? (Hint: Its head is pointing back and to the left, with its…

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The Big One

The Big One

WHOI research assistant Justin Ossolinski snorkels over a massive coral in Vietnam—the largest of its kind in the country, according…

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Standing Ready

Standing Ready

Erik Cordes of Temple University (second from left), Tim Shank (WHOI, to right), and principal investigator Chuck Fisher (Penn State…

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Folds Within Folds

Folds Within Folds

What seems like a fractal landscape of mountains and canyons is actually a “corrugated coral,” a reef-building species with a…

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