Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Color illustration of an ancient bivalve.


Rudist Reefs

About 100 million years ago, during the heyday of the dinosaurs , reefs were built by mollusks called rudist clams . They...

Meet the Tiny Bacteria That Give Anglerfishes Their Spooky Glow

Descend two hundred meters (about 656 feet) below the surface and the ocean is reduced to total darkness. Creatures that live beyond the Twilight Zone spend their lives almost entirely in a near-limitless black...