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Tracking reef fish larvae

Tracking reef fish larvae

A spine-cheek anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus), or maroon clownfish, swims along a coral reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. As…

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Slow motion destruction

Slow motion destruction

Gliding on hundreds of tiny suction-cup feet, A Crown-of-thorns sea star roams the reef, consuming immobile corals and leaving bare…

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Christmas Coral

Christmas Coral

New skeleton made by a two-week old baby Porites “porous” coral reared in an experimental aquarium at the Bermuda Institute…

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A warning

A warning

A lionfish spreads out distinctively-patterned fins around its body and shows its zebra stripes. Such striking beauty hides a deadly…

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When corals bleach

When corals bleach

Coral’s colors come from symbiotic algae cells living inside individual corals, or polyps. This  “bleached” coral has expelled much of…

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Measuring corals in the Red Sea

Measuring corals in the Red Sea

Through a research agreement with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, WHOI scientists are studying coral reef ecosystems, fisheries,…

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Crystals from corals

Crystals from corals

Seen under a microscope, tiny crystals of aragonite (a form of the mineral calcium carbonate) are carefully organized into a…

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Food by day, shelter at night

Food by day, shelter at night

At night, illuminated by the photographer’s flash, a brilliant 18-inch-long parrotfish hides in a niche surrounded by equally brilliant corals…

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Red Sea reef

Red Sea reef

Reef-building corals create habitats for many other organisms. The corals reefs of the Red Sea are highly diverse and unique…

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A new star

A new star

New skeleton made by an eight-day old baby “golfball coral” reared in an experimental aquarium at the Bermuda Institute for…

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Reaching for sunlight

Reaching for sunlight

WHOI scientist Konrad Hughen, who studies tropical climate change recorded in coral skeletons, spotted this 15-cm (6-inch) “rosy finger coral”…

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Meet the neighbor

Meet the neighbor

Konrad Hughen (in WHOI’s Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department) was diving in just 2-3 meters (6-9 feet) of water when…

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Landscape of history

Landscape of history

Dense meter-high thickets of staghorn coral surround massive, rounded, ancient coral colonies in the background. WHOI scientist Konrad Hughen photographed…

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A Tag Fit for a Porpoise

A Tag Fit for a Porpoise

In 2003, Stacy DeRuiter arrived as a graduate student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), where a new device developed…

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