Media Gallery: Video

A Jellyfish Is Born

In schyphozoans, a process called strobilation takes place in order for the jellies to reproduce. During strobilation, a polyp splits into 10-15 plate-like segments stacked atop one another in a...

Ocean Acidification: An Ecosystem Facing Dissolution

In order to study ocean acidification in the field, scientists from five European countries built ten mesocosms—essentially giant test tubes 60-feet deep that hold almost 15,000 gallons of water—and...

Facing Climate Change: Oyster Farmers

Generally, shelled animals—including mussels, clams, urchins and starfish—are going to have trouble building their shells in more acidic water. Mussels and oysters are expected to grow less shell by...

Watching Rising Seas From Space

Sea level rise will hit the coasts the hardest. Over the coming centuries, land that is today home to between 470 and 760 million coastal residents will be inundated by sea level rise associated with...

Ocean Optimism - Video

Focusing on the state of the ocean today can be pretty depressing. So depressing that it's easy to forget that our positive actions are making a difference. In 2014, #OceanOptimism started a global...

Vanishing Islands

The people of each island nation face their own unique challenges, but some common themes emerge. As sea level rises, they face increased flooding and erosion of their shorelines, and sources of...

MarineGEO: A Global Research Network

The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO), directed by the Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON), is the first long-term, worldwide research program to focus on...

Living on the Edge: Mangroves

Mangroves are the biological buffers between land and sea. Without them, communities living along shorelines would be directly exposed to violent storm surge and erosion. Also crucial to fish...

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