Ocean Life


Beauty in Motion

Beauty in Motion

A white tern (Gygis alba) takes flight on Midway Island in the South Pacific. The birds nest on coral islands…

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Baby Pictures

Baby Pictures

The tiny offspring of two species of deep-sea corals from Antarctica changed from shapeless larvae (left) into tiny, tentacled corals…

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Core-al Samples

Core-al Samples

Jessica Carilli, a graduate student from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, holds two core samples that she and WHOI marine…

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Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day

Postdoctoral fellow Rhian Waller holds a bundle of tubeworms collected during a seafloor dive by scientists in the Alvin submersible…

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The Deepest Divers

The Deepest Divers

For years, sperm whales and elephant seals were thought to hold world records for holding their breath under water. But…

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Cannonball or Cabbage?

Cannonball or Cabbage?

This specimen of Stomolophus meleagris—aka “cannonball jellies” or “cabbage head jellies”—was captured for study from the waters around the Liquid…

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Rice in a Snow Storm

Rice in a Snow Storm

Biology graduate student Kristen Whalen inspects a gorgonian (also known as a soft coral or sea fan) for a specialist…

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Slug-fest

Slug-fest

Brightly colored slugs feed on a variety of sea whips and sea fans that populate tropical coral reefs. “They munch…

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Oceanic Storms Create Oases in the Watery Desert

A research team led by Dennis McGillicuddy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has shown that episodic, swirling current systems known as eddies act to pump nutrients up from the deep ocean to fuel such blooms.

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