Census of Marine Life: Wild and Wonderful Creatures

The Census of Marine Life was a ten-year effort by scientists from around the world to answer the age-old question, “What lives in the sea?” The international effort to asses the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life that lives in our ocean officially concluded in October 2010. Over the course of looking for organisms in many ocean habitats—coral reefs, the deep sea, the abyssal plain, hydrothermal vents, and others—researchers discovered thousands of new species and photographed many others for the first time. Browse a small sampling of the amazing marine life documented by Census scientists in this photo slideshow. Not enough for you? Check out other slideshows of coral reef species, squids, and deep-sea corals.

Deep-sea species like this dragonfish collected near Australia live in cold, dark waters and may go weeks or months between meals.

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Submitted by Gilman (not verified) on

good post.. among one of world's amazing creatures is blobfish.. World’s Ugliest Animal – A Blobfish
The fish having a slimy, pale pink texture and strange coal black eyes isn’t looking a typical fish

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Cool

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I love these pics! when I am older I would like to become a marine biologist and discover things like these. I am in Fifth grade and these are truly weird but cool. i love these!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Wow these discoveries are amazing! That jellyfish was pretty cool!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

OMG! These types of marine life are gross, but yet unusual and interesting. I am doing a project on this and it is very useful.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Really good pic the dragonfish seems like a fun species to learn about :)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I find these pictures truely amazing, and i cant wait till i finish my degrees in biology and marine biology so i can get out there and study these strange and beautiful creatures. if you have any info on what i need to do to get in this field please let me know.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

amazing and really mesmarising wonderful sea picture taken at the risk of life by the dedicated indomitable spirits.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The pictures are extremely interesting. Even now they still catch my eye.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Thanks for studying and let us know a little of marine life
when we understand the process of living beings we understand a little more about human history and ourselves

Subm by Rosely 16 Set 2010

Submitted by The Ocean Portal Team on

Thanks! That's among the highest compliments we could receive. Please visit again and let us know what your class thinks!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

THIS IS THE BAST POWER POINT EVER IT TELLS ALOT ABOUT OCEAN LIFE

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

the first one was weird but the rest was cool and i liked it!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This is amazing. Do invertebrates rule the world?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

hello great pics