Media Gallery: Stories

Cephalopods

Credit: © Larry G. Kramer, Flickr A highly intelligent group of ocean dwelling creatures, the living cephalopods include the eight-armed octopuses, the ten-armed squids and cuttlefishes (which are...
green and red pom poms adorn a decorator crab

Happy Crabby Holidays

Decorator crabs typically adorn themselves with a variety of sea sponges, tufts of algae and other bits and pieces of detritus. In this case researchers provided the crabs with red polyester pom-poms...
This portrait of William Dampier hangs in London’s National Gallery in recognition of his contribution to natural history.

William Dampier - The Pirate Who Collected Plants

Today you can just hop on a plane and be on another continent within a day's time. But a century ago the only way to get from one continent to another was by sea--and the journey took months or even...
A boat with divers in Clifton Cove

Wood Under Sand: The Search for A Slave Shipwreck

Archaeologists working on the site of the São José. Credit: Jon Sharfman, courtesy Slave Wrecks Project by Danielle Hall An untimely storm with whipping gusts of wind and tumultuous waves, a sweeping...

The State of Sharks, 40 Years After Jaws

by Nancy Knowlton and Wendy Benchley A shortfin mako glides through the waters off the coast of California. Credit: © Brian Skerry, www.brianskerry.com This year marks the 40th anniversary of the...
Hurricane Katrina

Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

What’s the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon and a cyclone? The short answer is that there is none. They are all organized storm systems that form over warm ocean waters, rotate around areas...

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