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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Top predators along the California coast are having a rough year. Recently starving sea lions have showed up on California beaches and are clamoring...
Slip into the water along a sheltered coast in nearly any part of the world...
Recently, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History researcher Chris...

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Stretching up to 16.8 meters (55 feet) long and weighing up to 62 tons (70 tons), the North Atlantic right whale is one of...