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A large ship flushes water from its ballast tanks while at sea

5 Invasive Species You Should Know

A ship flushes and refills its ballast task in mid-ocean to prevent marine organisms from moving from one port to another. Credit: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Regardless of what...
The dwarf lantern shark sits in a human hand.

5 Reasons to Revere, Not Fear, the Shark

Photo Credit: NOAA A healthy coral reef has an abundance of small sharks that help keep the ecosystem in balance. But once people move into the area, they disappear —from fishing, loss of food...
Sea bass flock to a tropical coral reef in the Red Sea.

5 Simple Things You Can Do for the Ocean

More than ever, the fate of the ocean is in our hands. To be good stewards and leave a thriving ocean for future generations, we need to make changes big and small wherever we are. To make a positive...

A Brittle Star May Be a Coral’s Best Friend

A brittle star wraps its arms around the branches of a deep sea octocoral. The coral's polyps are all open and extended, a sign that the coral is unbothered by the sea star. Credit: Fanny Girard,...

A Microscopic Identity Crisis

Using DNA to identify larval species in the Gulf Stream When swimming in the water, the planktonic sea snail, Diacria trispinosa , flutters two wings much like a butterfly. When they retract their...
A wave curls near the shore.

American Spaces

Welcome to the Ocean Portal & American Spaces activity page. This curriculum on ocean science and conservation was designed for the U.S. Department of State’s American Spaces program, although it...
Amy Baco-Taylor

Amy Baco-Taylor: Passionate about Deep-Sea Corals

Coral scientist Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor observed corals like these on her first submarine dive to a deep-sea coral bed off the coast of Hawaii. Credit: Photos by A. Baco, T. Kerby and M. Kremer, Hawaii...

Ángeles Alvariño: Woman of Many Namesakes

An arrow-worm from the genus Spadella . Alvariño discovered and classified the species Spadella gaetanoi in 1978. Credit: Zatelmar, Wikimedia Commons By Kalila Morsink Latin names of species may seem...

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