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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Slip into the water along a sheltered coast in nearly any part of the world and you’re likely to find yourself in an emerald field of seagrass . Like flowering plants on land, seagrasses...
At the Poles, Life Thrives Located beside the Shores and Shallows gallery (...
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Not all slugs (snails without shells) are slimy brown pests found in your...
Bikini Atoll, formed over millions of years around an island in the Pacific...

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Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems. They teem with life, with perhaps one quarter of all ocean...