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Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

Polyps of the star coral, montrastrea cavernosa, with a green algae at its center, used as a source of food.…

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Abandoned Walrus Calves Reported in the Arctic

Abandoned Walrus Calves Reported in the Arctic

Researchers on an oceanographic voyage in the Arctic Ocean report, for the first time, baby walruses unaccompanied by mothers in areas far from shore and over deep water, where they likely could not survive. The phenomenon was coincident with movement of warm water into Arctic basins and subsequent melting of the sea ice that walruses normally utilize as resting platforms.

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REMUS and the Coral Reefs

WHOI biologists and physical oceanographers joined forces in May to study the effect of ocean currents on fish larvae spawned…

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Bigger than a Breadbox?

Bigger than a Breadbox?

Research Specialist Anne Cohen sizes up a Pavona coral on Johnston Atoll for its potential to provide a climate record. (Photo…

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Caught in the Middle of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

Caught in the Middle of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

In the past few years, several research projects have been halted because of conflicting interpretations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Energy, shipping, and naval interests claim the MMPA hampers their ability to work in the sea. Environmentalists and animal rights want the act strictly enforced. In between are scientists.

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Diving into the Right Whale Gene Pool

Like forensic detectives, a multi-institutional team of scientists has followed a thread of DNA from the highly endangered right whale population across the oceans and back through generations.

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