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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Stare at a tide pool and you will often see a crust of pink coating the bottom. No, this is not bubblegum from some careless teenager’s shoe: it’s a stony kind of seaweed that,...
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A few years ago, I was in New Zealand photographing a story about the value of...
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The blanket octopus can rip a poisonous tentacle from a Portuguese man-o-war...

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