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Close-up photograph of the face of a blue footed booby.

Blue-footed boobies (Sula nebouxii), common in the Galapagos Islands and other warm coastal areas of the Pacific, can catch flying fish in mid-air.


Flickr user A.Davey

We chose the tagline “You navigate” for the Ocean Portal in part because we really want you—the visitors to the site—to help steer the course. We hope you find your own intriguing paths to explore the OP as it exists now, but we’re also looking for input to help guide the site’s development in the months and years ahead.

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