Media Gallery: Video

Why the Octopus Brain is so Extraordinary

An octopus is a lot brainier than you might imagine considering one of its closest living relatives is a sea slug. In fact, some scientists argue it could be the first intelligent being on the planet...

Connecting Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are some of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet that are home to beautiful wildlife and provide food to many people living on the coast. So how do you protect the reefs without...

Deep Sea Dive

NOAA Ocean Today Every Full Moon takes you on a dive to the depths of the ocean. Using Remote Operating Vehicles (ROVs) scientists can now explore areas of the ocean floor that were once completely...

Seagrasses and Light in the Chesapeake Bay

Seagrasses growing on the seafloor of the Chesapeake Bay rely on light to grow—but, thanks to pollution, that sunlight has become more scarce. Nutrient runoff from fertilizers causes microscopic...

Ocean Currents: Motion in the Ocean

When you look underwater, what is making the seagrass wave in the water? The answer is ocean currents . Ocean currents are continuous movements of water in the ocean that follow set paths, kind of...

The Bobtail Squid

A bobtail squid expertly blends in with the light shining from the sea surface, but to do so, it needs a little help. This is where microbes come into play. A bacterium called Vibrio fischeri creates...

Octopi? The Plural of an Octopus

What is a group of eight-legged cephalopods called? Merriam-Webster ends our confusion and explains the correct plural of octopus.

Slow Life: Time-Lapse on the Coral Reef

How does a coral spend its day? Most of us would say: not doing much. To the human eye, a coral looks relatively still, waiting in the current and hoping some food will run into its tentacles. But...

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