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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Imagine: You’re in a small submersible, and you gently settle on the soft muddy bottom at a depth of 12,000 feet. It’s absolutely dark. What will you see when the exterior lights are turned...
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Deep sea animals have to live in a very cold, dark, and high-pressure...
Dr. Clyde Roper discusses the fascinating anatomy of the giant squid (...
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Coral reefs are beautiful, vibrant ecosystems that house roughly one quarter of...

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Top predators along the California coast are having a rough year. Recently starving sea lions have showed up on California beaches and are clamoring...
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You may have seen the sparkle of fireflies on a summer’s night. The fireflies produce light through a chemical reaction in...