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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When most people think of iconic American landscapes, we think of places on land. Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon—these national parks are household names. But many Americans don't realize that we...
When a whale dies, the story has just begun. The massive carcass sinks to the...
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Animals, on land and in the ocean, live in a 3-D world, and they depend on...
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There can be catastrophic results when a large amount of oil is spilled into the ocean—as when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and spewed oil into...
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Around 100 million years ago, grass from land adapted to live and reproduce while submerged in seawater—the modern-day...