Today's Catch

Cashes Ledge

Cashes Ledge is an underwater mountain range off the New England coast, which is home to a great diversity of life. Because the rocky and steep peaks almost reach the surface in some areas, it is dangerous for fishermen. As such, they avoided it,...

Climate Change Game of Tetris

Remember playing Tetris? Originally developed in 1984, the video game in which blocks of various shapes rain down and the player needs to find a way to fit them together is now ubiquitous. This TED ED video compares Tetris blocks to carbon dioxide...
White abalone

White Abalone In Danger

White abalones are slow-moving, algae-eating mollusks. Rapid overharvesting since the 1970s has resulted in white abalones becoming the first marine invertebrate listed as endangered on the Endangered Species Act in 2001 . The population is...
Colorful Christmas tree worms

A Forest of Christmas Tree Worms

This forest of Christmas tree worms is a group of polychaete worms that live on tropical coral reefs. See more celebratory ocean creatures in our slideshow!
Great White Sharks breach to hunt -- with split-second timing they grab their prey in one swift snatch. Follow the whole breaching action in this slideshow.

Breaching Great White Shark on the Hunt

It's hard to imagine a 2000-pound animal launching itself out of the water while hunting, but the great white shark does just that. This spectacular behavior is called breaching, and great white sharks breach in order to catch fast-moving prey like...
This jelly’s red color provides camouflage in the ocean depths.

Unidentified Comb Jelly

This jelly’s red color provides camouflage in the deep ocean. Red light rarely reaches those depths, and most deep-sea animals have lost the ability to see red. The long, complex tentacles of this unidentified comb jelly (Order Cydippia) have sticky...

West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, Norway

The West Norwegian Fjords - Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005. The site's two fjords, among the world's longest and deepest, are considered archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically...
Vertebrates evolved in the sea and eventually moved onto land. The ancestors of whales later returned to the sea.

Whales Returned to the Sea

Vertebrates evolved in the sea and eventually moved onto land. The ancestors of whales later returned to the sea, taking advantage of its rich food supplies. As early whales adapted to their new marine surroundings, a diversity of species evolved....

Female Leatherback Turtle Crawls From The Sea To Nest

"Leatherback turtles are the oldest, deepest-diving and widest-ranging of all sea turtles, with a lineage that dates back over 100 million years. We can only imagine all that this species has seen and experienced throughout the millennia and yet...
Tomopteris's bristles produce yellow bioluminescence, a unusual color among midwater animals, nearly all of which make some sort of light.

Glow Worms

Tomopteris are segmented worms that are cousins to earthworms, but belong to a separate group called polychaetes , meaning many (poly) bristles (chaetes). Despite being related to earthworms, they look completely different due to the challenges that...

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