Today's Catch

A Fiery Nudibranch

A Fiery Nudibranch

Some nudibranchs, like the one pictured here, steal the defenses of their prey. While eating an anemone the nudibranch stores the stinging cells in special pouches. Upon being threatened by a predator they shoot the stolen cells.
A crab with blue coloration


The toxic reef crab (also known as the devil reef crab) is aptly named. This crab's muscles store two of the most lethal toxins— tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin. These gorgeous crabs are easy on the eyes but be sure to avoid them on the dinner plate....
A shrimp lives in an anemone

Life in the Snakelocks' Tentacles

Off the coast of England and France the Periclimenes sagittifer shrimp lives in the tentacles of the snakelocks anemone. But the shrimp may be an unwanted guest—the shrimp have been observed nibbling on the tips of the anemone's tentacles.
Two bright blue mandarine fish mating

Mating Mandarin Fish

These two mandarin fish are participating in a courtship dance. Just after sunset females gather to watch males perform. If the female likes a male she will join him by resting on his pelvic fin and as they float above the reef they will spawn,...
'Blue Marble' satellite image of the Earth

'Blue Marble' Image of the Earth

'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP . This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP...
Close-up photograph of the face of a blue footed booby.

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Boobies ( Sula nebouxii ) , common in the Galapagos Islands and other warm coastal areas of the Pacific, can catch flying fish in mid-air. Their blue feet are for fashion AND function. Male and female boobies wave their feet about in...
A yellow moray eel inside of a sea sponge in the waters off of Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand

Moray Waits for a Meal

A yellow moray eel, Gymnothorax prasinus , inside of a sea sponge in the waters off of Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand. Photographer Brian Skerry takes an artistic eye to his underwater photography, such as the blurred yellow illuminating the...

Ocean Optimism Video - Slow Down For Right Whales

Whaling, beginning in the 1600s, killed thousands of North Atlantic right whales and their tendency to feed at the ocean’s surface within 50 miles of shore made them easy targets. They were hunted so persistently that, by some estimates, less than...
This lizardfish rests on the bottom, waiting to snatch prey.

Deepsea Lizardfish

This lizardfish (Bathysaurus ferox) rests on the ocean bottom with its head slightly elevated—waiting to snatch prey with its large mouth and sharp teeth. It lives at depths of 600-3,500 meters (1,969-11,483 feet) and grows up to 64 centimeters (25....
A longshoreman standing in front of a large pile of oyster shells on waterfront pier in Atlantic City in 1910.

Counting Mountains of Oysters

A longshoreman stands in front of a large pile of oyster shells on waterfront pier in Atlantic City in 1910. Back then, oysters were incredibly abundant. In the late 1800s, fishermen pulled in 10 million bushels of oysters each year but, by the mid-...