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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The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law on December 28, 1973 by President Nixon. Over 2,000 species are currently on the ESA, and they are separated into "Threatened" and "Endangered" species. Endangered...
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How do we know where ocean animals swim day and night? Scientists are getting...
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The threat that climate change poses to polar bears has received a lot of...
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In the spring of 2011, a research crew from Oceana spent two months in the...

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When I set out to write a book about mollusks (called Spirals in Time ), I wasn't quite prepared for just how many animals I would get to know. There...
Polychaete worms are not your average cringe-inducing, writhing worms. (Okay...
Top predators along the California coast are having a rough year. Recently...

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Giant squid live up to their name: the largest giant squid ever recorded by scientists was almost 43 feet (13 meters) long,...