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The sun sets over the Smithsonian’s Marine Field Station at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize.
Adaptation is the key word if you are looking to survive in a tide pool, a...
Over the last few days, a video of hermit crabs stampeding across the rocky...
There are different types of beaches and multiple factors that influence the...

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These star-shaped grains of sand, collected from southern Japan, look like miniature works of art -- but they were not sculpted by an artist. They are the shells of microscopic organisms called foraminifera , which build...
The blue lined octopus may be small, growing to at most 15 cm, but it can be...
Anemone porcelain crabs may look delicate but they have their own sort of...

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Sandy beaches are home to a Diversity of Life In the Shores and Shallows Gallery of the Smithsonian's Sant Ocean Hall , a...

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The sun sets over the Smithsonian’s Marine Field Station at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize.
Necora puber , also known as the velvet swimming crab, may not be as soft as the name implies. The crab's red eyes and aggressive nature have resulted in a second nickname, devil's crab . As if it...
While conducting field work in Curaçao in 2011, Smithsonian researchers encountered trash along remote beaches and deep in the water column. This video gives a brief glimpse of some of the marine...
The blue lined octopus may be small, growing to at most 15 cm, but it can be deadly: its venom can cause breathing failure in humans as well as other animals. Turtles can accidentally consume the...
Large waves are a draw for surfers, scientists and spectators alike to locations around the world. Changes to the coast and ocean floor as well as sediment flow can change the nature of a wave as it...
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