Ocean Life & Ecosystems

From the tiny to the titanic, from the familiar to the undiscovered, the ocean offers a stunning diversity of marine life and nearly every kind of habitat imaginable. Dive in and explore them here.

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Animals, on land and in the ocean, live in a 3-D world, and they depend on their sense organs and brains to build the mental constructs that allow them to orient and navigate, which...
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Slip into the water along a sheltered coast in nearly any part of the world and...
At the Poles, Life Thrives Located beside the Shores and Shallows gallery (...
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