Media Gallery: Photos

Leopard Sea Slugs Crawl Together on Colorful Coral

Leopard Sea Slugs Crawl Together

Two brown and purple nudibranchs ( Risbecia tryoni ), crawling in tandem on a surface encrusted with pink-colored coralline algae. These "sea slugs" live in the tropical Western Pacific Ocean. You...
Photograph of an orange many-armed sea star on an erect delicately-branched coral in a dark sea.

Sea Star on Coral at Seamount

A bright orange sea star ( Novodinia antillensis ) clings to a large white soft coral ( Paragorgia sp.). This photo was taken on the Manning Seamount at a depth of 1,350 meters (4,429 feet) by the...
Colorful corals and brittlestars on Manning Seamount off the New England coast.

Manning Seamount Deep Coral Communities

Colorful corals and brittlestars inhabit the Manning Seamount in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of New England. Here you can see golden-colored coral (Enallopsamia rostrata), pinkish-brown coral (...
The New England Seamount Chain is the longest in the North Atlantic Ocean and includes peaks of more than 30 extinct volcanoes.

Map of New England Seamount Chain

The New England Seamount Chain is the longest in the North Atlantic Ocean. It includes more than 30 major volcanic peaks. Seamounts provide a solid surface for corals and other marine animals to...
A white coral (Corallium sp.) and two vase sponges (left) grow on an Atlantic Ocean seamount.

Balanus Seamount

A large white coral (Corallium sp.) grows on the Balanus Seamount, part of the New England Seamount chain. Hanging on to the coral are stalkless crinoids and orange brittlestars (Opiacantha sp.) To...
A variety of corals cling to Manning Seamount, just off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Manning Seamount Deep Coral Community

A variety of corals colonize the rocky surface of Manning Seamount, part of the New England Seamount Chain located in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This photo was...
map of the 13 marine protected areas in the United States, that comprise the National Marine Sanctuary system

Marine Sanctuary Map

The United States has a network of protected areas in the waters off our coasts. From the chilly waves on Washington's Olympic Coast to the warm shallows ringing the Florida Keys, the National...
Algae has overtaken this coral reef off heavily populated Kiritimati, or Christmas Island.

Unhealthy Coral Reef, Kiritimi, Line Islands

Algae has overtaken this coral reef off heavily populated Kiritimati, or Christmas Island. Few fish swim in the murky waters. The causes include pollution, overfishing, and increased water...
Polar bear siblings in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area near Hudson Bay spar playfully during migration.

Polar bears at play

Polar bear siblings in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area near Hudson Bay spar playfully during migration.
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The OP Community Manager

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Hybrid vehicles combine the best features of ROVs and AUVs.

Hybrid Underwater Vehicle

A hybrid underwater vehicle combines the best features of an ROV (remotely operated vehicle), which is connected to a ship in order to transmit data and video feeds, and an AUV (autonomous underwater...

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