Today's Catch

Tiny jellies in a petri dish.

Velella velella Jellies

The Trash Detectives collected hundreds of samples during the expedition, including these tiny Velella velella jellyfish larvae together with confetti-like bits of plastic. Velella velella are free-floating hydrozoans that live on the surface of the...
The fringe of a white Christmas tree worm.

White Christmas Tree Worm

The festive Christmas tree worm ( Spirobranchus giganteus ) lives on tropical coral reefs and resembles a fluffy fir tree adorned with ornaments. The multi-functional branch-like appendages are used by the worm to breathe and to catch meals of...
A shining jingle shell on the sand.

Jingle Shells

The jingle shell ( Anomia simplex ) is a common bivalve found on the Atlantic coast of North America, amongst the more commonly known clams and oysters. As with oysters, the lower shell is glued to a hard surface. Even after the mollusk is dead, the...
The white, black and yellow patterns of this eel look like snowflakes.

Snowflake Moray Eel

No two snowflakes are alike. Every snowflake is beautiful in its own way. But this one’s a bit scary. The snowflake moray eel ( Echidna nebulosa ) has white, black and yellow splotches all over its body, which come together to look like snowflake...
A preserved cookie cutter shark, in a jar.

Cookie Monster of the Sea

I want snack, so give me cookie! The cookie cutter shark ( Isistius brasiliensis ) is as fearless as they come! This small, 20-inch shark can take on giants like whales and larger sharks, and have even been known to mistakenly try to bite submarines...
A small, transparent, shell-less sea snail in the open ocean.

A Chorus of Sea Angels

This is a tree topper unlike any other! Reminiscent of a freshly made snow angel, these pteropods are actually shell-less sea snails ( Clione limacina ). Unlike the typical snail, they flap their adapted foot ‘wings’ to get around in the water...
Two candy cane shrimp

Candy Cane Shrimp

These candy cane snapping shrimp ( Alpheus randalli ) have a pretty nice set up. They share their living space with goby fish, helping the fish dig and maintain the burrow that they share in the seafloor. In turn the small, and mostly blind, shrimp...
Purple, pink and green corals growing underwater on a metal fence-like substrate.

The Coral Gardener

When coral reefs are damaged, they sometimes struggle to grow back because there aren't enough coral seedlings around, and the ones that are around are growing together too closely. Enter: the coral gardeners. Fiji's coral gardeners, who are...
Emperor Penguin Chick with Mother

Emperor Penguin Chick with Mother

An emperor penguin chick ( Aptenodytes forsteri ) huddles under its mother's legs to keep warm in the long Antarctic winter. Learn more about research on emperor penguins and other Antarctic creatures .
Chimaera from the Deep

Chimaera from the Deep

This rarely-seen smalleyed rabbitfish ( Hydrolagus affinis ), belonging to the order of Chimaera, was caught during a research trip to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in 2004 sponsored by the Census of Marine Life . In Greek mythology, chimeras were beasts...

Pages