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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Reef sharks rarely get any love. These sharks, comprising several species, loiter around coral reefs, snacking on small fish, squids and crustaceans. And while their size is nothing to smirk at—5-10 feet is pretty...
Snow on land can make some people grumpy, but the magical-looking flakes and a...
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Scientists don’t often get the opportunity to travel through time. But nestled...
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Imagine: You’re in a small submersible, and you gently settle on the soft muddy...

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Around 100 million years ago, grass from land adapted to live and reproduce while submerged in seawater—the modern-day...